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Tue, Dec 8, 2020

Spotlight: The Biden-Harris Administration and the future of supply chains in the Americas

The month of November 2020 marked a turning point for the United States as voters cast their ballots at rates not recently seen in a US election. The historic race saw around 65 percent of the voting population in the United States participating, the highest in more than one hundred years. With three hundred and […]

Report by Juan Carlos Baker, Maurice Bellan, Christina Conlin, Kerry Contini, Reagan Demas, Ildefonso Guajardo, Landon Loomis, Jason Marczak, Manuel Padrón-Castillo, Anne Petterd, Shunko Rojas, Lisa Schroeter, Alison J. Stafford Powell, Joyce Smith, Jennifer Trock, Omar Vargas, Carlos Alberto Vela-Treviño

Economy & Business Latin America

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

FAST THINKING: The next stage of Venezuela’s power struggle

The Trump administration recognized opposition figure Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president and mobilized nations around the world to do the same. But Nicolás Maduro is still in power—and perhaps even more entrenched after winning control this weekend of the National Assembly in an election boycotted by Guaidó and his allies. What does the election mean for the opposition’s future?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone: Latin America wants greater US involvement and consensus

Mauricio Claver-Carone, the first US citizen to lead the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its sixty-one-year history, highlighted the importance of additional IDB assistance for Latin America and the Caribbean as the region confronts the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic upheaval, with US support central to this cause.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Americas Economy & Business

Jason Marczak is director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He joined the Council in October 2013 to launch the center and set the strategic direction for its Latin America work. Marczak has over twenty years of expertise in regional economics, politics, and development, working with high-level policymakers and private-sector leaders to shape public policy. 

At the Atlantic Council, he has overseen exponential growth of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and has spearheaded results-oriented programming that moves its work from ideas to action. Since taking over as Center Director, among other priorities, he has overseen development of a multi-faceted campaign focused on a reconstruction of Venezuela’s democratic institutions, and, most recently, has led the Center in its new efforts to map a post-COVID recovery for the region. Under his leadership, the Center is also focused on setting the agenda and defining the region’s global importance around other key issues: US-Mexico ties; China in Latin America; Colombia’s future; a changing Brazil; Central America’s trajectory; combatting disinformation; shifting trade patterns; and leveraging energy resources.

In addition, since 2016, Marczak is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He was previously director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York City and co-founder of Americas Quarterly magazine, overseeing the magazine’s launch and growth and development of its online presence. In 2003, he joined Partners of the Americas to help lead its work on Latin America-wide civil society engagement. Prior to that, Marczak held positions at the National Endowment for Democracy and in the office of then-Representative Sam Farr (CA) with a portfolio including trade and foreign affairs. 

Marczak frequently provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on political and economic issues in Latin America with appearances in hundreds of US and regional press outlets. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to major media outlets, a sought-after speaker, and has testified before the US Congress on key regional developments. Marczak received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Since its founding, he has served on the communications committee of Qualitas of Life Foundation, which provides financial education to Latinos in the New York City tri-state area.

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