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.

  • Obama's Trip to Argentina

    Thursday, 03 March 2016

    President Obama will shortly travel to Cuba and Argentina. Article reviews the state of US-Argentine relations and the prospects for improved relations, given the new direction in foreign policy by the Macri government. Bottom line: “The United States, for its part, should seize this opportunity to work closely with Macri in the handling of hemispheric issues. U.S. policymakers would also do well to keep in mind that the time is now, and that the window of opportunity for making the most out of its relationship with Argentina is not likely to be open forever.”

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  • Washington Diplomacy

    Friday, 26 February 2016

    The delay in Senate approval of the Ambassador nominee for Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, is a case study in how Washington power politics works. A senator from each party, Democrat and Republican, has put a hold on Jacobson being considered for approval by the Senate. Jacobson is the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

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  • Trump, a Latin American Caudillo?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2016

    While nationalist-populist politicians thrive in the U.S. and Europe, they are losing support in Latin America. Like Latin America’s populist leaders, Donald Trump blames foreigners and free trade for his country’s problems. Trump’s campaign sounds very much like that of Latin American demagogues: it’s all about him, and staying at center stage.

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  • Morales, No!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2016

    Evo Morales lost the national referendum to allow him to serve a fourth presidential term. This is important for Bolivia as well as the rest of Latin America, which has been riding a wave of leftist populism. It follows the defeat of Cristina Kirchner in Argentina and the loss of the parliament setback by the chavista government in Venezuela. It also shows the resilience of democracy, even in a country that is multiethnic.

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  • Argentina Seeks Pragmatic Relationship with US

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Argentina's President, Mauricio Macri, said on Friday he had told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that his recently installed government was ready to build a "pragmatic, intelligent" relationship with Washington.

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  • Bolivia: future of climate change?

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Bolivian lake disappears. Various causes contributed, including climate change, according to experts.

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  • OAS Leader: New Voice

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro of Uruguay, is making the organization relevant again by denouncing violations of human rights and democratic practice.

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  • Brazil's Economic Downturn

    Wednesday, 30 December 2015

    Not long ago Brazil was hailed as an economic powerhouse, surpassing the United Kingdom in ranking of gross national product. For a variety of reasons the economy has contracted. The Economist magazine analyzes the reasons and speculates about the future.

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  • Bolsa Familia Succeeds

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015

    Attached is an excellent article on Brazil's creative anti-poverty program.
    It has raised up millions from poverty. The program has been adapted by a number of countries and enhanced Brazil's soft power around the globe.

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  • Cuba Not Freer

    Friday, 18 December 2015

    According to Washington Post veteran Latin American reporter Charles Lane, little has changed in Cuba in terms of freedom since the agreement to reestablish full relations with the United States.

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