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Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Why AMLO’s meeting with Trump is important

The expectations for AMLO’s first international trip are inevitably high, especially given the timing amid the worst multi-dimensional crisis in recent history but also coming just a week after the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force. For the United States, the meeting and the ensuing side-by-side pictures will send strong signals to the region and the world that US-Mexico ties are in a good place.

New Atlanticist by Maria Fernanda Perez Arguello

Coronavirus Mexico

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

Thu, May 28, 2020

Costa Rica’s accession to the OECD will continue to improve its competitiveness

It is hardly contested that Costa Rica’s accession to the OECD will allow the country’s economy to become more dynamic and diversified as it adopts the organization’s standards and becomes more competitive. But accession to the OECD is not the end of the road for Costa Rican development.

New Atlanticist by Maria Fernanda Perez Arguello

Economy & Business Latin America

Maria Fernanda Perez Arguello is Associate Director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she leads the Center’s work on Mexico, USMCA (i.e. NAFTA), and Central America, and contributes to projects on China- Latin America, regional trade integration as well as disinformation in Latin America. During her time at the Council, she has co-led the Center’s Central America Task Force, managed the Center’s trade portfolio, and programmed events in Asia for US policymakers.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Maria Fernanda worked at the Inter-American Dialogue, Cato Institute, and Council of the Americas. She speaks native Spanish, English, and French, fluent Italian, and near-fluent Portuguese.

Originally from Costa Rica, Maria Fernanda earned a degree in European Studies from Sorbonne University in France, as well as a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Political Economy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a master’s in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations University for Peace.