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We are excited to announce that Jason Marczak was recently promoted to the position of Vice President alongside his role as Senior Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. We’re thrilled that AALAC continues to be elevated at the Atlantic Council, now with our Senior Director in a cross-organizational position.
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Visions of Change
AALAC is pleased to announce, “Visions of Change: Conversations with Venezuelan Opposition Presidential Candidates.” This event series invites all leading candidates from Venezuela’s opposition parties for live, in-person and virtual events in Washington DC to share their vision on the upcoming challenges and opportunities for Venezuela as well as their priorities should they be elected in 2024.
Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center 10th Anniversary Gala
The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s 10-year anniversary salutes our hemisphere’s global importance and celebrates exemplary individuals who champion the region, ranging from heads of state to world-renowned artists.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. EST
Featured research and analysis
Report Mar 21, 2023
An imperative for women’s political leadership: Lessons from Brazil
By Valentina Sader, Isabel Bernhard
Women are essential to democracy, yet face systematic barriers to political entry and impact. Using the case of Brazil, we analyze the state of women’s political participation and of political violence against women. We propose timely, actionable approaches to reduce women’s unique political challenges and to further strengthen democratic health.
Report Mar 20, 2023
Humanitarian aid: Defining new areas of US-LAC collaboration
By Pepe Zhang, Isabel Bernhard
The US humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) system—well practiced and extensively developed—could further serve US and partners’ needs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and beyond through targeted improvements. Based on our experience as HADR practitioners with operational and academic expertise, we share insights from many years of working with partners in the Americas.
Our US-Mexico Border Work
Revving the US and Mexican economies
Ten minutes at the border
Atlantic Council research shows that a mere 10-minute reduction in wait times at the US-Mexico border can have increasingly positive effects on communities and economies on both sides of the border. The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in collaboration with the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness and Colegio de la Frontera Norte, analyzed three major potential economic impacts of this reduction.
Report Sep 27, 2022
The economic impact of a more efficient US-Mexico border: How reducing wait times at land ports of entry would promote commerce, resilience, and job creation
Improvements in border management and the adoption of new technologies at the US-Mexico border have the potential to enhance border security and generate economic benefits for the United States and Mexico through expedited flows of goods and people.
Report Feb 17, 2023
The transformative power of reduced wait times at the US-Mexico border: Economic benefits for border states
By Alejandro Brugués Rodríguez, Noé Arón Fuentes Flores, David Gaytan, John Gibson, Mayra Maldonado, Jason Marczak, Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Cota, José Ángel Moreno, Roberto Ransom, and Ignacia Ulloa-Peters
Atlantic Council’s new data shows that a mere 10-minute reduction in wait times – without any additional action – can create thousands of Mexican jobs, grow the gross domestic product (GDP) of several Mexican states, and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new spending in the United States.
Issue Brief Feb 27, 2023
Beyond the US-Mexico border: Destination of final goods, environmental impact, and future scenarios for border relations
By Atlantic Council
Three complementary analyses on the value and final destination of northbound commercial trade flows; the environmental impact of idling vehicles at the US-Mexico border; and three potential scenarion for the future of US-Mexico relations.
Our work on US-Chile relations
To commemorate 200 years of bilateral relations between the United States and Chile, AALAC launched a US-Chile Integration Program to further advance bilateral relations with a focus on commerce, democracy, human rights, climate change, health and pension reform, and green energy transformation.