Events

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Emerging defense technologies in the Indo-Pacific and the future of US-Japan cooperation

ONLINE EVENT – A discussion of how emerging defense technologies are reshaping strategic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific in an era of US-China great power competition and implications for US-Japan cooperation, featuring keynote remarks from General James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.).

8:00am ONLINE EVENT

All Content

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

United G20 must pave the way for robust post-COVID-19 recovery

The world is facing unprecedented health and economic crises that require a global solution. Governments have locked down their economies to contain the mounting death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic. With this response well underway, now is the time to move into a recovery effort.

Issue Brief by Phil Thornton

China Coronavirus

Tue, Jul 14, 2020

US-Mexico ties: A post-official working visit readout

On June 9, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a timely conversation on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s visit to Washington, DC—the president’s first international trip as head of state. Experiencing economic contraction and public health crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both presidents highlighted the bonds that unite their countries […]

Event Recaps by Cecilia Godoy

Americas Economy & Business

Wed, Jul 1, 2020

Start of USMCA brings hope amid COVID-19 economic crisis

“Together, Canada, Mexico and the United States make North America an energy, manufacturing, and innovation powerhouse," Damon Wilson says. "The USMCA helps unlock this potential, offering greater prosperity for these nations' citizens and positioning democracies in North America to better shape global standards and compete with China."

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Jason Marczak is director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He joined the Atlantic Council in October 2013 to launch the Arsht Center and set the strategic direction for its Latin America work.

Marczak brings nearly twenty years of experience in regional economics, politics, and development. With Marczak’s leadership, the Arsht Center, now celebrating its five-year anniversary, has deployed a laser-focused approach to providing new analysis and insight with a strategic focus on achieving impact around key issues in the Americas: from Mexico’s reform agenda and Colombian prosperity to China’s presence and the crisis in Venezuela. His other priority issues include NAFTA modernization and regional trade as well as developments in Brazil, creating opportunities in Central America, and broader strategic futures planning. In all of the Centers’ work, Marczak is laser focused on how to innovate and provide new channels of message and thought delivery to reach new business and policy audiences.

In 2017, Marczak directed a four-country task force on Central America’s Northern Triangle with General John F. Kelly as the co-chair before he joined the Trump administration. He jointly oversaw a similar bipartisan effort on Colombia, co-chaired by Senators Benjamin Cardin and Roy Blunt. Among his publications, he served as a primary author of Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios (Dec. 2016), published jointly with the Inter-American Development Bank.

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, including a regular appearance on Bloomberg TV in Mexico. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to major media outlets and has testified before the US Congress on key regional developments.

In addition to his role at the Atlantic Council, Marczak is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He joined the faculty in August 2016.

Marczak previously served as director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) in New York City, where he was a cofounder and senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine. He worked hand-in-hand with corporate executives and senior policymakers to advocate for policy changes that addressed business priorities.

Prior to joining AS/COA in 2006, Marczak was a program officer and founding member of Partners of the Americas’ Center for Civil Society. He managed efforts to ensure civil society participation in multilateral processes, including the Summits of the Americas. From 1999 to 2001, he was a legislative aide in the House of Representatives with a portfolio including trade, foreign affairs, technology, and small business issues. He has also worked at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Andean Community General Secretariat in Lima, Peru.

He 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. While a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he served as a member of its 2014 North America Task Force. He is a Board Member of Qualitas of Life Foundation in New York City.