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.

  • What Can Latin America Teach the US?

    Tuesday, 01 December 2015

    Rather than relying on wealthy individual donors, many countries across the Western Hemisphere fund their elections with public money — over half of all Latin American democracies, in fact. Rather than relying on wealthy individual donors, many countries across the Western Hemisphere fund their elections with public money — over half of all Latin American democracies, in fact. And while most allow some corporate financing of campaigns, they impose more stringent limits than in the United States. Colombia forbids corporate money in presidential races. Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Paraguay have banned all corporate donations to political campaigns, due in part to worries about their power to skew the political process.



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  • Hispanic Vote

    Tuesday, 01 December 2015

    Various factors indicate that the Hispanic vote in the United States will double by 2030: aging, naturalization, and immigration.

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  • Impact of Macri

    Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    The election of Mauricio Macri as President of Argentina promises to have hemispheric and global implications, according to Andrés Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald. See this interview:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2015/1123/Argentina-s-president-elect-Macri-promises-an-end-to-divisive-politics-video

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  • End of the Left?

    Tuesday, 24 November 2015

    The triumph of Mauricio Macri as next president of Argentina is a signal event in Latin American and Argentine politics. Will this be the end of the left? Article argues that more pragmatic and less ideological candidates are emerging. Moreover, the decline in commodity prices is reducing the amount of money that populists can give out to their political bases.

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  • What Does Argentina's Election Mean for South America?

    Monday, 16 November 2015

    Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, November 22 may bring significant change to that country. The results will have important implications for the rest of the continent.

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  • Not a Good Year for the Left

    Monday, 09 November 2015

    The Latin American left is considerably weaker these days. The most striking examples: Argentina and Venezuela. This article asserts that governments of the left are becoming less popular, but the old right is not making a comeback.

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  • Argentina Moves Right?

    Tuesday, 03 November 2015

    The runoff election for president in Argentina (November 22) is likely to move the country to the right. In any case it’s good bye to Kirchnerism. So says Foreign Affairs magazine.

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  • Why So Much Crime?

    Tuesday, 03 November 2015

    According to this report, the reasons for so much crime in Latin America are: 1. The disorganized growth of cities; 2. police and justice systems did not adjust; 3. 32 million youth do not study or work. Add drug trafficking and organized crime.

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  • Outrage of Venezuela on UN Human Rights Council

    Friday, 30 October 2015

    One of the worst human rights violators, Venezuela, was just reelected to the UN Human Rights Council. This is outrageous. The government is one of the violators of human rights in the world.


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  • Poverty Down/Violence Up

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Crime, Poverty has been significantly reduced in Latin America since 2000. But violence persists, due to persistent inequality, youth unemployment, “aspirational crime,” drug trafficking, and continued weak security and justice Institutions.

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News & Commentary

Diego Castellanos, long-time friend of the Pan American Association, dies at 88

Friday May 6, 2022

The Pan American Association of Philadelphia mourns the passing of Diego Castellanos, the host of "P...

Russia in the Americas: What Now?

Wednesday March 2, 2022

Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine raises urgent questions about the full scope and nature of Russian ac...

Crypto in the Americas: Policy Considerations

Saturday January 29, 2022

Please join the Council of the Americas for a virtual discussion with industry, regulatory, and huma...

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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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