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Branding a Nation

Monday, March 31, 2008  |  Eric Farnsworth  |  Poder

In a new article for Poder, COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth examines economic reform in Peru. As the country achieves investment grade, President Alan Garcia seeks to build on the recently approved free-trade agreement with the United States, "ensuring the benefits reach as many people as quickly as possible." ... Read More

Killing a Trade Pact

Saturday, March 29, 2008  |  New York Times

The isolated killings of union members in Colombia do not justify holding up a U.S.-Colombia trade agreement, writes Edward Schumacher-Matos, a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and a visiting professor of Latin American studies at Harvard University. ... Read More

Spain and U.S.: Latin Partners?

Monday, March 24, 2008  |  Eric Farnsworth  |  Latin Business Chronicle

The reelection of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero offers both Spain and the United States the chance to mend ties and broaden cooperation in Latin America. Eric Farnsworth and Christian Gomez outline ways the two countries can support Latin America's standing in the global economy and democracy in the region. ... Read More

Silly Season of NAFTA Bashing

Sunday, March 23, 2008  |  Susan Segal  |  Calgary Herald

In the Calgary Herald, AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal explains how, despite candidates' anti-NAFTA talk, the pact has proven a crucial investment and trade tool. "In a campaign about optimism and the promise of America, anti-NAFTA rhetoric simply doesn't fit," writes Segal. ... Read More

Stop Hating on NAFTA

Wednesday, March 5, 2008  |  Washington Post

The North American Free Trade Agreement as been battered lately with sharp criticisms and calls has been made to withdrawal from it. In an op-ed, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez argues that this would be a disaster, hurting the U.S. economy, its workers, and its communities. ... Read More

A New Trade Policy for the Americas

Wednesday, March 5, 2008  |  Eric Farnsworth  |  Poder

It may soon be time to pronounce last rites on the current path of U.S. trade policy in the Americas. With the presidential election season well underway, it is a good time to step back and consider where to go from here, writes COA's Eric Farnsworth in the latest issue of Poder magazine. ... Read More

Labor Reform: Undercompetitive Economies and Unprotected Workforce

Thursday, January 31, 2008  |  Christopher Sabatini

Senior Policy Director and Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini examines why Latin America remains one of the most inflexible regions in terms of labor markets. He suggests swift labor law reforms to attract foreign investment, increase productivity, and social protections for their workforce. ... Read More