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.

  • China in Latin America

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    Geopolitics waits for no man, not even the United States’ president-elect. Little more than a week after Donald Trump’s victory, Xi Jinping, president of the world’s second largest economy, set off for Latin America—his third trip there since 2013—clutching a sheaf of trade deals. They were proposed long before the change of government in Washington. But at a time when the image of the big, bad yanqui seems to be making a comeback, Mr Xi may find himself with an opportunity to boost Chinese influence in the American backyard.

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  • Trump and Latin America

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    What does Trump augur for Latin America? While the Trump team has said very little about Latin America, Trump’s comments on Mexico have had serious reverberations for that country’s economy, such as lowering the value of the peso. Other than possibly Cuba, the rest of the Americas will be unaffected. Missing from the article is the impact on the US economy of protectionism. For example, if the Mexican peso is cheaper, US exports to Mexico will be more expensive. This will reduce jobs in the US.

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  • Colombia Peace

    Wednesday, 31 August 2016

    The Colombian conflict, the longest war in the Americas, may be finally over. Article discusses the elements of the peace agreement and cautions about future prospects. This is a remarkable achievement by the Colombian people. Let’s applaud them, and let’s also recognize how essential US advice and support has been in strengthening the capacity of the government of Colombia. There is much work ahead, the task of rebuilding and achieving a permanent peace remains.



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  • Brazil's Aspirations

    Monday, 22 August 2016

    Two scholars review Brazil’s Olympics, the nation’s internal difficulties, and its long term engagement in the world. They state: “Even in this difficult time, Brazil needs to engage with, rather than retreat from, the world in order to succeed.”

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  • Medellín

    Thursday, 18 August 2016

    Colombia’s second largest city has undergone a renaissance of remarkable proportions. It’s the result of investment in security, infrastructure, and services. The city is a model of success.

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  • Venezuela's Destruction

    Monday, 08 August 2016

    Ricardo Hausmann, a distinguished Venezuelan scholar at Harvard, discusses why people and countries, such as Venezuela, adopt self-destructive policies.

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  • Republican Platform on Latin America

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    The Republican platform on Latin America can be read here. While party platforms seldom have decisive effect on foreign policy, this one suggests returning US-Latin American relations to a Cold War framework. The document also has an educational value, which is perhaps more important.

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  • Brazil's Problems

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    This article does not make for easy reading. Anyone who has landed at this Rio de Janeiro airport has the same visual reaction: how awesome the environmental problem is. In view of the upcoming Olympics it is an especially dangerous situation.

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  • Latin America & US

    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    Article examines the progress that Latin America has made in reducing poverty and creating more optimism and hope about improvements in the future. Author compares and contrasts the situation in the United States, and recommends taking lessons from Lain America to restore the American dream. Counter-conventional thinking.

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  • Venezuela's Tragedy

    Thursday, 07 July 2016

    Two prominent Venezuelan writers portray the disaster that makes Venezuela the sick man of Latin America. Moisés Naím and Francisco Toro: “Riots and looting have become commonplace, as hungry people vent their despair while the revolutionary elite lives in luxury, pausing now and then to order recruits to fire more tear gas into crowds desperate for food.”

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