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Tue, Feb 4, 2020

What Trump’s State of the Union means for US foreign policy

US President Donald J. Trump used his third State of the Union address to argue that his administration has “launched the great American comeback” through its economic policies and tough international stances. In a speech that focused heavily on domestic issues, his discussion of foreign policy mainly highlighted what he believed to be his major foreign policy successes, rather than announcements of new plans.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Energy & Environment

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

After Maduro’s latest ploy, what’s next for the Venezuelan opposition?

"The images of Juan Guaidó and other democratically-elected members of the National Assembly being physically barred from entering the assembly building was visible proof of how far Nicolás Maduro is willing to go to deny any semblance of democracy in Venezuela," Jason Marczak says.

New Atlanticist by Jasper Gilardi

Civil Society Corruption

Mon, Dec 23, 2019

Spotlight: 10 Questions for 2020

Looking ahead at the year 2020 in Latin America, here are our predictions for the top 10 questions facing the region. What's your take?

Issue Brief by Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Economy & Business Latin America

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.