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.

  • Academicsand LA Policy

    Monday, 02 March 2015

    This is essential reading for scholars and policy makers dealing with Latin America. Author argues that scholars, especially political scientists, have little impact on foreign policy for Latin America. Reasons include ideological and methodological rigidity, and lack of on the ground research in Latin America.

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  • Cuba: Caution and Patience

    Monday, 23 February 2015

    One of this nation’s most distinguished senior scholars of Latin American affairs, Abraham Lowenthal, comments on Cuba and the US. He recommends caution, patience, and flexibility for the United States.

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  • Aging Population

    Monday, 23 February 2015

    Latin America’s proportion of people over 65 is growing. Added to declining fertility rates and increasing life spans the pattern will place pressures on the economies. See the 7 most populous countries. Chile, Brazil, and Argentina (in that order) will have the largest percentage of 65+.

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  • Museum Town in Chile

    Thursday, 19 February 2015

    A remarkably preserved mining town that boomed in the nineteenth century is to be found in the Chilean desert. Humberstone remains practically intact because of the dry desert conditions. A foundation aims to keep it that way.

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  • Temple University to benefit from Exelon gift honoring Nelson Diaz

    Temple University to benefit from Exelon gift honoring Nelson Diaz
    Monday, 09 February 2015

    Exelon's $450,000 gift to the Beasley School of Law honors longtime board member Judge Nelson A. Diaz, LAW ’72.

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  • Trolling in Ecuador

    Wednesday, 04 February 2015

    President Rafael Correa of Ecuador is very popular and controversial. He has brought social and economic progress to the people, yet some argue that he is autocratic. This article describes his sensitivity to criticism, specifically those in the electronic media.

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  • Argentine Tragedy

    Friday, 30 January 2015

    A special prosecutor was going to present a report that accuses senior officials in the Argentine government (including president and vice president) of covering up the facts about Iranian involvement in the terrorist attack against a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires. The prosecutor was found dead under suspicious circumstances.

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  • Impact of Oil Prices

    Thursday, 15 January 2015

    This article explores the pros and cons of falling oil prices on the countries of the Hemisphere. There is good news and bad news, for the environment, investors, oil producers and importers, and for alternative energy.

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  • Cuba: All About the Regs

    Monday, 05 January 2015

    Chris Sabatini writes about the regulatory impediments that lie ahead in the normalization of relations with Cuba. The devil may be in the details, he argues.

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  • Cuba: Moving Forward

    Monday, 29 December 2014

    A former senior American diplomat, Vickie Huddleston, analyzes how the United States and Cuba should move forward on normalizing relations. She specifies the issues that should be included in negotiations between Washington and Havana.

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News & Commentary

The Pan American Association of Philadelphia mourns the passing of its Board Member Emeritus, Charles F. Shreiner.

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Charley was born in Philadelphia on February 18, 1924 and died on July 2, 2019. He is survived by ...

NAFTA Assessment

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Peter Hakim, of the Inter-American Dialogue, examines what he calls the “high cost of tampering wi...

Statement on Attack to Pittsburgh Synagogue

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Following is the statement of the Pan American Association on the recent attack to a synagogue in Pi...

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