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Recognize and Work with the New Central America

Friday, October 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

Today, Central America is a region of peace, with democratically elected governments who respect individual freedoms and human rights. It is difficult for anyone who visits us now to imagine that just two decades ago most of our countries were suffering the horrors of civil war. Read the full article in the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Recognize that Cuba's Future is Inside Cuba

Friday, October 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

Geographic proximity, the close historical ties uniting the American and Cuban people, and above all the unavoidable influence that the U.S. has on Cuba mean that we have all watched with great interest the elections and await your policies toward Cuba. Read the full article in the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Redistribute the Windfall from High Oil Prices

Friday, October 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

By acting in concert, we can help alleviate the pressures on the economies and societies of the world’s poorest nations. That will not only help to minimize a growing global crisis, but also reduce the risks that food scarcity, poverty and energy shortages pose to the elected governments of the hemisphere. Read the full article in the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Build Smart Borders

Friday, October 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

Mr. President, welcome to the overwhelming responsibility and the awesome opportunity of leading the world’s richest, most powerful nation at a time of global change and trial. I am offering you advice today from a Canadian perspective—a perspective that I fear you will have received from few of your advisers. Read the full article in the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Ignore the Has-Beens, Look to Brazil

Friday, October 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

What a paradox! Never has the Hispanic vote been more influential in a U.S. election than in 2008—and never has the U.S. had less regional influence than today. That said, 200 years of history and a rising regional power (Brazil) present you, Mr. President-elect, with a unique opportunity to build a new relationship of solidarity with the region on everything from energy, aid and commerce, to security and migration. Read the full article in the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

End the Credit Squeeze on Latin America's Poor

Friday, October 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

Over the past two decades, democracy has taken hold in the vast majority of Latin American countries. Notwithstanding an anti-market backlash led by Venezuela, the region as a whole has benefited from stable economic policies and improved growth rates. Yet these gains remain imperiled by persistent poverty and income inequality. Read the full article in the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Define the Next-Generation Agenda of the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

Friday, October 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

In today’s fluid world, a nation’s ability to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its people depends to a great extent on the degree of peace and prosperity in the neighborhood to which it belongs. The U.S., notwithstanding its economic might and military power, is no exception. Read the full article in the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

We Are All Immigrants Now

Monday, June 30, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly

We are a hemisphere of immigrants. Over the last five centuries, immigrants have influenced the culture, politics, and economies of North and South America. A visit to Mexico City, Buenos Aires, New York, or Toronto makes clear that, more than any other region of the world, this hemisphere has become a global melting pot. Read the full article in the Summer 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More