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Brazil, China Toast to Closer Ties

Tuesday, May 19, 2009  |  Carin Zissis

A Brazilian delegation headed to Beijing this week to sign over a dozen deals, including a $10 billion energy pact. In recent weeks, new trade figures show China surpassed the United States as Brazil's main trading partner. The two countries also began investigating whether to drop the dollar as their bilateral trading currency. ... Read More

Remarks by Canada's Minister of Environment Jim Prentice at the 39th Washington Conference

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Canada’s Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice delivered remarks emphasizing the twin needs of reaching a multilateral climate change agreement while keeping an eye to warding off protectionism. In particular, he warned against “trade protectionism in the name of environmental protectionism.” ... Read More

Obama Should Shift Focus to Interdependence on Oil

Wednesday, April 15, 2009  |  The Houston Chronicle

"The Summit of the Americas provides a forum for Obama to shift focus from energy independence to a more practical and even a more desirable goal—energy interdependence," writes Lisa Viscidi in an op-ed for The Houston Chronicle. The original version of this article appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More