Development & Economy
View the article Hon. Antonio Simões published in conjunction with the Fundación Alexandre de Gusmão about Brazil's integration and relationship with the rest of Latin America.
Public Policy Scholar Ted Hewitt discusses the Brazil-Canada education relationship
Latin America Program in the News: U.S. on more equal footing with neighbors as Obama heads to Summit of the AmericasApr 13, 2012
President Obama travels to a weekend summit of the hemisphere’s leaders Friday as the head of a nation that remains in many ways the economic envy of its closest neighbors, but also one whose influence is on the wane in a rising region...
U.S. manufacturers have success in Mexico even with problems such as the drug cartels. Mexico's GDP is expected to continue to grow.
Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the importance of remittances and creation of productive capacity in El Salvador.
The middle class is growing in Mexico.
Latin American Program on the News: After 20 years of peace, Salvadorans in D.C. still worry about their homelandJan 23, 2012
Cynthia J. Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, said Salvadoran expatriates play a critical role by sending remittances home, but that is not enough. El Salvador needs people to help build the economy and provide education and job opportunities to keep people out of gangs, she said. “As important as the remittances are to subsidize consumption, [it] is not the same as creating productive capacity, and there is a huge role for the Salvadoran community living in the United States and other countries to contribute to their homeland by creating economic opportunity,” Arnson said. “It is a vicious cycle and, unless people who are in a position to provide capital for the economic growth and job creation [also provide help], it is very hard to see how the country will ever break this cycle.”