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Latin America's Competitive Challenge

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The hemisphere-wide commodity-led boom is unlikely to improve competitiveness without sweeping reforms in the areas of infrastructure, institutions, and human capital, according to Jerry Haar of Florida International University. His new book, Can Latin America Compete? Confronting the Challenges of Globalization, will be launched at AS/COA. ... Read More

Brazil's Commodity Conundrum

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Eliana Cardoso, a professor at Fundação Getúlio Vargas and former World Bank economist, explores the balance between Brazil's sustained economic growth and China's hunger for commodities. She says that worldwide economic turmoil may affect trade quotas and put Brazil's economic prospects at risk. ... Read More

Helping a Friend

Wednesday, February 6, 2008  |  Susan Segal

Since President Alvaro Uribe took office in Colombia five years ago, the country has made progress in boosting security. AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal writes that the time has come for U.S. Congress to approve a bilateral trade agreement as the "single most effective tool to help bring economic and political security to Colombia." ... Read More

Immigrants in the Southeast: Public Perceptions and Integration

Friday, February 1, 2008

The number of immigrants—mostly from Latin America—jumped in southern U.S. states over the past decade and a half. As studies on acculturation rates indicate, southerners' practice of demonizing immigrants because they "refuse to assimilate" can contribute to delays in assimilation, explains Elaine C. Lacy of the University of South Carolina at Aiken. ... Read More