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Brazil Wins Cotton Case, Promotes Biofuels

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva headed to Africa to promote a "biofuel revolution" just as his country won a victory in a World Trade Court case disputing U.S. cotton subsidies. During a recent AS/COA roundtable, Brazilian governors discussed biofuel opportunities. A hemispheric update examines Brazil’s energy policy at home and abroad. ... Read More

Ticos Vote in Favor of DR-CAFTA

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

In a recent referendum, Costa Ricans narrowly voted in favor of joining the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. Costa Rica,the first country to hold a public vote on whether to join, was deeply divided. During AS/COA's Latin American Cities Conference in San Salvador, participants discussed DR-CAFTA as an engine for Central American economic growth.  ... Read More

Gates' Latin American Tour

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Robert Gates made his first trip to Latin America as U.S. defense secretary, beginning his five-country tour in El Salvador. The secretary's itinerary included stops in Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Suriname to focus on Washington's security ties in the region. A recent editorial co-authored by COA's Eric Farnsworth examines trade policy as a way to boost U.S.-Latin American relations. ... Read More

Ecuador Votes on Constituent Assembly

Monday, October 1, 2007

President Rafael Correa claimed victory after voters went to the polls to select members of a constitutional assembly. Although official results were not yet available, Correa's Alianza Pais party appeared poised to gain the necessary majority to rewrite the country's constitution. Correa discussed refinancing Ecuador's debt during a speech at AS/COA last week. ... Read More

Leaders Take World Stage at UNGA

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Presidents of the Americas joined world leaders for the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA). Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva opened debate, calling for a 2012 environmental conference in Rio. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made the case for her nation to hold a UN Human Rights Council seat and President Evo Morales of Bolivia proposed the UN convene a forum for indigenous peoples. AS/COA hosted several Latin American leaders, including Bachelet and Morales, during the week of UNGA. ... Read More

Congress Sets Peru Pact on Track

Monday, September 24, 2007

The House Ways and Means Committee voted in support of the U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement this week. Congressional approval is expected in October with the deal viewed as a potential model for other bilateral pacts. COA testimony notes the agreement's passage provides an opportunity to advance strategic policy goals and promote U.S. economic, labor, and environmental interests. ... Read More