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Building a Panama Canal for the New World Economy

Tuesday, April 3, 2007  |  Viewpoints Americas

Michael Bomba, a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, sees the estimated $5.2 billion canal improvement project as a natural response to significant developments in maritime trade over the past two decades. A third set of locks will allow for increased ship traffic along this strategic waterway. ... Read More

Entrevista con Fernando Araujo

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

In office for just over a month, Minister Araujo outlines Colombia’s foreign policy goals both in the Andean Region and globally. Held hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) until December 2006, Minister Araujo provides an inside look at prospects for peace. ... Read More

Putting "Sustainable" Before "Energy": Biofuels in a Sustainable Energy Future

Monday, April 2, 2007  |  Viewpoints Americas

John Sheehan, a senior strategic analyst at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, analyzes the long-term limits of greater biofuel use. Alternative energy topped the agenda at recent meetings between U.S. President Bush and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. ... Read More

Mexico City: Mexico in the Global Economy

Wednesday, March 28, 2007  |  2007 Latin American Cities Conferences

Just as the Mexican Senate was approving a groundbreaking federal pension reform law, the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) held its 2007 Mexico City Conference to look at Mexico’s role in the global economy. With over 180 private and public sector leaders in attendance, the conference, hosted in association with the Mexican Business Council of Foreign Trade Investment and Technology (COMCE), highlighted key reforms—including labor, energy, and fiscal reforms—to improve Mexico’s competitiveness. ... Read More

Third Annual Latin America Conference: Strategic Cooperation in a New Era

Friday, March 16, 2007

On the heels of U.S. President George W. Bush’s return from Latin America, AS/COA brought together expert speakers and panelists to discuss the implications of his trip for hemispheric relations and the overall U.S.-Latin America agenda. They cautioned that regional growth and prosperity will hinge on sustained, positive commitment to the region. ... Read More

Andean Energy Panel: A Closer Examination of Colombia and the Andean Region's Energy Policy

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

To explore energy policy in the Andean Region, with a specific focus on Colombia, the Americas Society and Council of the Americas convened media and public sector experts to look at energy reform, energy integration, and oil production and exploration. This summary provides an overview of the main points from the discussion. ... Read More

A Triple Dividend from Biofuels

Monday, February 26, 2007  |  Viewpoints Americas

Otaviano Canuto, an executive director at the World Bank, believes biofuels may yield a triple dividend: greater energy security, a cleaner environment, and more economic development. For less developed countries, biofuels offer an outlet for using idle or underemployed human and natural resources. ... Read More