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.

  • Policy Attention

    Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Chris Sabatini comments on the absence of policy for Latin America:

    “But what we see now under the administration of President Donald J. Trump is something completely different: not the lack of attention of previous administrations, but a complete and utter vacuum of comprehensive diplomatic policy, not just toward the region as a whole (for the reason mentioned above) but within the region.”

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  • US-Mexico Relations

    Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Mexico’s former ambassador to China, Jorge Guajardo, comments on the unpleasant effect of Trump on Mexican politics.

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  • Brownfield to Resign

    Tuesday, 05 September 2017

    The top American diplomat for counternarcotics policy, William Brownfield, is apparently resigning. Brownfield spoke at the Pan American Association in October, 2013.

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  • Presidential Legal Woes

    Friday, 11 August 2017

    From kidnapping and murder to money laundering and misuse of public funds, contemporary Latin American leaders have been investigated for a broad range of crimes, underscoring the structural challenges the region faces in the ongoing struggle to end the impunity enjoyed by its political elite.

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  • Ambassador William Brownfield

    Friday, 11 August 2017

    Ambassador William Brownfield, a very distinguished diplomat, is being considered for Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Brownfield has spoken at the Pan American Association.

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  • Venezuela Toward Civil War?

    Friday, 11 August 2017

    Peru fears Venezuela may be headed toward civil war as a political crisis deepens and its economy implodes under the rule of socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Peru's foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

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  • Brazilian Army

    Tuesday, 11 July 2017

    What should the Brazilian Army do in the absence of threats to the country? Perhaps the answer is to assume more police type missions, which it is increasingly and reluctantly doing. This is an important question that affects not only Brazil’s, but a number of Latin American military institutions.

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  • Shifting Latin American Trade favors China

    Tuesday, 11 July 2017

    A sobering assessment of trade relations:
    “What happened to free trade? The United States has free trade agreements with Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Central America, yet China has still managed to establish itself as a major economic presence in these countries. Despite the lack of constraints and the expectation that trade flows would jump dramatically between the U.S. and its southern neighbors, China has either displaced the U.S. (in Chile and Peru) or begun to pose a threat to its economic dominance (in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean). President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership sends an additional signal to Latin America that the U.S. is retreating from the world stage. The door is open for China and other emerging powers to fill the void and become the new hegemonic economic power in the region.”

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  • FARC Out of the Jungle

    Tuesday, 09 May 2017

    Article describes how a FARC commander, a man of bourgeois taste, prepares for peace after years of war. Provides valuable insights into the contradictions and brutalities of Colombia’s conflict.

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  • Russia in Nicaragua

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    Three decades after this tiny Central American nation became the prize in a Cold War battle with Washington, Russia is once again planting its flag in Nicaragua. Over the past two years, the Russian government has added muscle to its security partnership here, selling tanks and weapons, sending troops, and building facilities intended to train Central American forces to fight drug trafficking.

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  • 82nd Annual Meeting and William J. Clothier II Award

    Wednesday October 26, 2022 - 11:45 am
    The Union League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    The Pan American Association of Philadelphia is excited to announce that it will hold its 81st Annual Meeting and William J. Clothier II Memorial Award on October 26, 2022 at the Union League of Philadelphia. We are pleased to announce H.E. Nestor Forster, Jr., Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, will be our Keynote Speaker.

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