The Pan American Association provides News & Notes for the Philadelphia community and for all those interested in developing a better understanding of the vibrant and deep relationship between the United States and the people of the Americas. For over 70 years the Pan American Association has been the preeminent forum for dialogue in the Delaware Valley on a relationship which is intensifying daily. We hope that News & Updates will serve as a solid bridge of communication among all the countries of the Americas. Never in history has the need for such a dialogue been greater than it is today.

  • The Correa-Obama Bout

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    The Seventh Summit of the Americas held in Panama on April 10-11 will be remembered for the good vibrations between President Barack Obama and Raúl Castro on the promise of normalization of relations with Cuba. Overlooked, however, was a remarkable exchange between Obama and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa. The incident went largely unreported by the American media, which suffers attention deficit disorder on Latin America. It’s worth reviewing it in order to understand contrasting views on the nature of democracy—the checks and balances of American democracy versus the guided democracy of Latin America where the executive is powerful, at times authoritarian.

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  • A Clash of Histories

    Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    Dr. Orlando Perez, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Millersville University, comments on the recently concluded Seventh Summit of the Americas. He draws a contrast between the forward looking statements of President Obama and those Latin American presidents who looked at the past to criticize the United States.

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  • Engaging with Latin America

    Monday, 13 April 2015

    New York Times editorializes about ways that the United States can engage with Latin America. These include mending relations with Brazil, Venezuela, and Cuba. In addition, attention should be given to energy security for Caribbean nations and immigration.

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  • US Priorities at the Summit

    Monday, 13 April 2015

    Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, outlines the key issues for the United States at the Summit of the Americas. They are cooperation on democracy and human rights, global competitiveness, social development, energy and climate change, as well as engagement with Cuba and Brazil.

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  • All Kinds of Cubans at Summit

    Monday, 13 April 2015

    The Summit of the Americas I n Panama will be remembered not only for the presidential level discussions. A band of Cubans from both the government and civil society attended. “It’s kind of a beautiful thing. You have Cubans going together and interacting,” said Christopher Sabatini, adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. That this widely diverse Cuban contingent came together at the Summit “demonstrates for the Cuban government a real element of change. It allowed opponents to go to a summit and speak and participate as equals,” added Sabatini.

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  • Summit of Lies?

    Friday, 10 April 2015

    Moisés Naím, former editor of Foreign Policy magazine, prolific writer, and former minister in the Venezuelan government writes in Madrid’s prestigious El País that the Summit of the Americas in Panama is a time for celebration, and there will also be a confrontation between the mentiras of the Venezuelan government and its supporters in the Hemisphere and those who want to promote a genuine agenda based on the Summit’s theme: “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas.”

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  • Obama, Caribbean Energy, and Summit

    Friday, 10 April 2015

    President Obama stopped in Jamaica on his way to the Seventh Summit of the Americas. There he met more than a dozen Caribbean leaders to discuss meeting the energy needs of Caribbean countries, especially in the throes of losing petroleum subsidies from Venezuela.

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  • What to Expect at the Summit in Panama

    Friday, 10 April 2015

    Long time Latin America watcher Cynthia Arnson of the Wilson Center in Washington points to the historic nature of the Seventh Summit of the Americas. She states that this an opportunity for the United States and the Latin American countries. But dealing with substantive issues might be sidetracked by secondary matters.

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  • Quo Vadis Venezuela?

    Monday, 06 April 2015

    Former Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States Virginia Contreras writes a penetrating analysis of where Venezuela is headed in the next months. Because of the ineptitude of the political opposition and because the Maduro government will control the country and the electoral process little will change. Ambassador Contreras wrote this report exclusively for the Pan Am American Association of Philadelphia.

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  • Duddy Advises on Venezuelan Crisis

    Thursday, 02 April 2015

    Ambassador Patrick Duddy, former American envoy to Venezuela, comments on the political crisis in that country. He also analyzes the policy implications and provides recommendations for the United States and other concerned nations. The Council of Foreign Relations is the sponsor of the report.

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