Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson discusses Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ first public event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Testimony of Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
In this edition of “Wilson Perspectives,” our experts provide that context. In 4 original essays, they cover what's new and old in the trade deal, its future in the United States, and its impact around the globe. Bookmark this page, as we'll continue to update it with new insights in the months ahead. For lawmakers, business leaders, and all our audiences, we hope this will be the comprehensive resource on TPP.
Mauricio Macri's stunning electoral victory in Argentina on Sunday has rightly been characterized as historic. He surged from behind in October to deny a first-round victory to Daniel Scioli, the Peronist candidate whom many presumed would be Argentina's next president. The electoral process itself showed a maturation of Argentina's democratic process.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) includes five Western Hemisphere countries, of which three (Chile, Mexico, and Peru) are in Latin America. Through the TPP, the United States would deepen its economic and strategic partnership with each. The agreement would update and enhance existing free trade agreements between the United States and these nations, a development that is especially important for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was negotiated more than two decades ago. The TPP would improve the Latin American participants’ access to markets in Asia and boost their exports as a result, and it could also improve their ability to attract foreign direct investment and strengthen their participation in global value chains.
A new UNHCR report, “Women on the Run,” provides first-hand accounts of women from the Northern Triangle region (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) who are seeking asylum in the US as part of a looming refugee crisis. Their struggles are part of a larger story effecting hundreds of thousands more.
The next few weeks will be critical in the fight against corruption and impunity in Honduras. The Organization of American States (OAS) will send a technical mission to Honduras next week to begin fleshing out the details of the proposed Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). Will the final agreement between the OAS and the gsovernment of Honduras — which is to be finalized in December — include the political independence necessary to tackle difficult, politically sensitive corruption cases, or will it simply provide window dressing that covers the cancer growing on the Honduran state?
With just days until Guatemala’s second round of elections, presidential candidates Jimmy Morales and Sandra Torres are hurriedly shoring up support and getting their messages out to voters. These elections are historic, coming at a moment of disillusionment with the political establishment following the resignation and subsequent arrest of former President Otto Pérez Molina for his alleged participation in a multi-million dollar corruption network. Guatemalans turned out in record numbers in the first round of elections on September 6 and the charged political atmosphere suggests they will do so again.