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Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez on Trade in the Western Hemisphere

Friday, November 30, 2007

Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez, speaking at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, discussed the importance of trade to the U.S. economy. He also spoke about free trade in the Americas, saying rejection of a free-trade agreement with Colombia "would be not just a step backwards, but one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes of our time in our region." ... Read More

Venezuelans Gear Up for Referendum

Thursday, November 29, 2007

While world attention focuses on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's war of words with Colombia and Spain, Venezuelans prepare to vote on a constitutional referendum that could allow Chavez to hold office indefinitely. Polls indicate the outcome of Sunday's vote remains uncertain. AS/COA’s Latin America Conference featured a discussion panel on the referendum. ... Read More

Exclusive Interview: Jorge Castañeda, Former Foreign Minister of Mexico

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda, author of Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants, played a firsthand role in attempts to forge a U.S.-Mexican immigration deal. He says reform could come in time, but U.S. leaders remain hesitant: "Who wants to take a leadership position on this and then get slammed in Iowa?" ... Read More

Congress Should OK Trade Deal

Sunday, November 25, 2007  |  Miami Herald

In a Miami Herald editorial, retired U.S. General Barry R. McCaffrey explains that Colombia's robust economy and drastically improved security situation warrant approval of a U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement—a pact currently stalled in the U.S. Congress. ... Read More

Latin America from the Asian Perspective

Friday, November 16, 2007

As part of its Asia-Latin America initiative, AS/COA co-hosted with the Asia Society a forum to discuss Asian Perspectives on Latin America. This report offers a summary of remarks by Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong and Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernandez, as well as analysis of deepening Pan-Pacific trade and business relations with an eye to APEC 2008 in Peru. ... Read More

Partnering with Colombia

Thursday, November 15, 2007

While a U.S.-Peru bilateral agreement moved forward in Congress, the Council of the Americas brought together Ambassador John Veroneau of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Colombia's Minister of Trade Luis Guillermo Plata. Speakers emphasized the need for congressional approval of a trade deal with Colombia, a key U.S. ally in the hemisphere. ... Read More