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The Andean Region at a Crossroads: Economic, Political, and Security Prospects

Monday, June 2, 2008

With tensions running high between some Andean countries, AS/COA convened a roundtable on economic, political, and security issues affecting the region. The discussion included a keynote speech by Ecuador's Minister of the Government and Police Fernando Bustamante. ... Read More

Book Launch: Can Latin America Compete? Confronting the Challenges of Globalization

Friday, May 9, 2008

At the AS/COA book launch for Can America Compete?, a panel including the publication's contributions and co-editor debated whether Latin America's growth is sustainable and will allow the region to to break the cyclical boom and bust pattern that has historically characterized its economy. ... Read More

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab Warns of "Forces of Isolationism"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Jason Marczak

“Trade agreements are not gifts of the United States [to another country] but gifts that we give ourselves,” said U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab. In a period of economic uncertainty, trade is an important driver of re-energizing economic growth, she emphasized at the 2008 Washington Conference on the Americas. ... Read More

U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Fostering Educational Attainment in the Americas

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Carin Zissis

Addressing attendees at the COA's Washington Conference of the Americas, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings discussed the importance of educational exchange between the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere, saying that the more governments and higher education institutions work together to foster exchange, “the better prepared we will all be to respond to the challenges of our changing world.” ... Read More

U.S. Assistant Secretary Thomas Shannon Highlights the Hemisphere's Sweeping Changes

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Jason Marczak

In the opening remarks at the 2008 Washington Conference, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon emphasized the “ultimately positive and hopeful” transformations that are occurring across the Americas and the importance of the U.S. to build policies around these changing dynamics. ... Read More

U.S. Commerce Secretary Decries Cuba's "Superficial Changes"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Jason Marczak

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez called for passage of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and improvements in Cuba’s human rights at COA's annual Washington Conference on the Americas. He announced a May 21, 2008 White House event to “shine a spotlight” on political prisoners in Cuba. ... Read More