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Leaders Take World Stage at UNGA

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Presidents of the Americas joined world leaders for the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA). Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva opened debate, calling for a 2012 environmental conference in Rio. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made the case for her nation to hold a UN Human Rights Council seat and President Evo Morales of Bolivia proposed the UN convene a forum for indigenous peoples. AS/COA hosted several Latin American leaders, including Bachelet and Morales, during the week of UNGA. ... Read More

Congress Sets Peru Pact on Track

Monday, September 24, 2007

The House Ways and Means Committee voted in support of the U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement this week. Congressional approval is expected in October with the deal viewed as a potential model for other bilateral pacts. COA testimony notes the agreement's passage provides an opportunity to advance strategic policy goals and promote U.S. economic, labor, and environmental interests. ... Read More

A New Approach for the Next Generation

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Aaron Schumacher of Tufts University notes the sharp disconnect between what is being taught and what should be taught about Latin America at U.S. universities. Many undergraduates possess little knowledge of issues such as energy security and sustainable development.
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Congressional Testimony: The U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement

Tuesday, September 11, 2007  |  Eric Farnsworth

In testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth notes that passage of the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement is a rare opportunity to advance fundamental strategic policy interests while promoting U.S. economic, labor, and environmental interests. ... Read More

Financial Inclusiveness in Our Hemisphere

Friday, September 7, 2007

Carl Cira, Director of the Florida International University Summit of the Americas Center, and Francisco Prior Sanz, Director of the Center’s Financial Inclusiveness Program, outline five ways to improve access to financial services. Their recent research focuses on lower income populations and remittance and microfinance recipients.
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