Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

  • The US-Colombia Partnership: From Venezuela’s Crisis to Counter-Narcotics Efforts

    The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in partnership with the United States Institute for Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Latin America Program, and the Inter-American Dialogue, hosted H.E. Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, for a discussion on the future of US-Colombia relations. The conversation was moderated by Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour. The discussion focused on major issues that impact US-Colombia relations, from the Venezuelan crisis to coca eradication in Colombia. The event highlighted the need for a strong US-Colombia ties to ensure further progress for the entire Western Hemisphere.

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  • 20 Years in the Making: Mercosur-European Union Reach Trade Deal

    Days after the announcement of the Mercosur-European Union trade deal, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center partnered with the Global Business and Economics Program and the Future Europe Initiative for a conference call to discuss the details and implications of the momentous agreement.

    A byproduct of two decades of discussions and forty rounds of negotiations, the deal is the largest for the European Union (EU) in terms of population and the first for Mercosur since the four-nation bloc, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, was established in 1991. The agreement covers a population of nearly eight hundred million people and will result in over four billion euros in tariff savings for the European Union.

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  • INFOGRAPHICS - Disinformation in Democracies: Strengthening Digital Resilience in Latin America

    2018 saw political tides turn in three of Latin America’s largest democracies. These elections also saw deep polarization and distrust in institutions among Brazilians, Mexicans, and Colombians in an information environment ripe with disinformation. And while disinformation and misinformation are nothing new, the spread of false information at alarming rates is more effective and worrisome than ever. A year-long effort to identify, expose, and explain disinformation around elections in Latin America using open source methodologies yielded the following key findings and recommendations.

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  • US Senator Condemns Putin's Complicit Role in Venezuela

    US Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support for Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela, saying on June 20 that the Russian president is a "co-conspirator" in Maduro's human rights abuses.

    Maduro has led Venezuela since his election as president in 2013, when he took over from Hugo Chavez. On his watch Venezuela has become mired in an economic and humanitarian crisis marked by widespread unemployment, food and medicine shortages, and hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have left country. After Maduro was inaugurated for a second term on January 10, following elections deemed fraudulent by many international observers, National Assembly President Juan Guaidó was selected as interim president by the National Assembly and recognized by the United States and more than fifty other countries. Guaidó ...
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  • Hacking Corruption: Tech Tools to Fight Graft in the Americas

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    América Latina tiene un problema de corrupción, especialmente en lo que se refiere a licitaciones públicas. Un nuevo informe del Atlantic Council y el Diálogo Interamericano presenta una hoja de ruta para abordar el problema de la corrupción en América Latina con la ayuda de la tecnología. Ahora es el momento de seguir construyendo sobre el sentimiento anticorrupción de América Latina. Los importantes avances tecnológicos están empoderando a los ciudadanos de la región con la oportunidad de ver gobiernos más transparentes. ...
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  • US Senators Warn Against Tariffs on Mexico

    The migrant flow from Central America to the United States is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, but cannot be solved through the use of tariffs, two US senators said at the Atlantic Council on June 12.

    On May 30, US President Donald J. Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods by June 10 unless the Mexican government did more to help prevent migrants from reaching the US border. He further warned that this tariff would be increased by five percentage points each month until satisfactory progress was made. On June 7, Trump announced that a deal had been struck with the Mexican government that saw the tariff threat dropped, although it could be reinstated if the there is a “problem.”

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  • US-Mexico Deal Reached: The Economic Reasons for Avoiding Tariffs

    On June 12, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center in partnership with POLITICO, hosted a timely event to discuss the economic costs of tariffs on Mexican imports for US consumers. The event was held less than a week after a US-Mexico deal was reached.

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  • Infographic: Costs of a Five Percent Mexico Tariff on US Consumers

    On June 10, without a deal, the United States will place a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican products, with the potential to escalate by 5 percent each month until October, reaching a potential maximum of 25 percent. The US tariffs, levied in response to President Trump’s demand that Mexico stop all migration, would have immediate effects on US consumers and businesses. What are the potential effects of US tariffs at the state and national levels?

    This new Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center infographic distills some of the economic ramifications that would accompany tariffs.

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  • Shifting Dynamics: Chinese Investment in North America and Europe

    On Thursday, June 6, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center partnered with its Global Business and Economics Program and Baker McKenzie to discuss the recent trends in Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in North America and Europe. The event marked the launch of Baker McKenzie’s latest report, Chinese FDI: A New Reality. Driven by regulatory changes, Chinese foreign direct investment flows into North America and Europe dropped by $80 billion last year to $30 billion. The discussion focused on assessing what drove this decline and in what ways did US-China trade tensions play into FDI dynamics.

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  • Trump’s Immigration Tariffs on Mexico Will Be Painful for United States

    US President Donald J. Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico until the surge of illegal immigration at the southern border stops will “be a devastating blow to the US economy,” according to Jason Marczak, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

    Trump announced on May 30 that his administration would impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods originating in Mexico. He further threatened to increase the tariff unless Mexico took steps to stop migrants from reaching the US border.

    While Trump’s aim is to pressure Mexican officials to take more action on illegal immigration, these tariffs “will be most acutely felt by US consumers,” said Marczak.

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