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Go in depth on the latest trends in Latin American politics, economics, and culture in this podcast series by Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

Latin America in Focus AS/COA Online

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Go in depth on the latest trends in Latin American politics, economics, and culture in this podcast series by Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

    Latin America’s Potential for a Green Recovery

    Latin America’s Potential for a Green Recovery

    With growing climate change concerns and the rising cost of oil extraction and production, governments around the world are considering reactivating their economies with more sustainable and less fossil fuel-reliant investments. IHS Markit’s Steven Knell and Escopo Energia’s Lavinia Hollanda explain what it takes to spur the development of renewable energy in Latin America.

    • 37 min
    How Data Voids Exploit the Latino Vote

    How Data Voids Exploit the Latino Vote

    If there isn’t quality, factual content on a topic, trolls and bots will be there to fill the gap with disinformation on online platforms. Claudia Flores-Saviaga, a Facebook fellow and PHD candidate at West Virginia University, tells AS/COA’s Carin Zissis what that meant for Latino voters in the 2020 U.S. election and for Spanish speakers overall, as well as ways to stop the spread of disinformation.

    • 17 min
    On the Ground during Chile’s Year of Change

    On the Ground during Chile’s Year of Change

    Unrest, a pandemic, polarization, and an election. In 2020, we could be referring to a number of countries. But in this episode, we’re talking about Chile’s transformational year, beginning with an October 2019 protest against a transit-fare hike that sparked a movement to rewrite the country’s dictatorship-era constitution. Santiago-based journalist John Bartlett gives an on-the-ground view of what it’s been like to cover the country through it all.

    • 23 min
    The Good and Bad of COVID-19’s Education Disruption

    The Good and Bad of COVID-19’s Education Disruption

    Most Latin American countries have yet to reopen schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. What does it mean for Latin America’s present and future human capital development? Brookings Institution’s Emiliana Vegas and Tinker Foundation’s Caroline Kronley cover the problems, but also the silver linings, of the disruption in schooling.

    • 39 min
    A Look at How Migrant Money Cushions Economies

    A Look at How Migrant Money Cushions Economies

    Remittances help pay medical bills and keep people fed in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In Latin America, where many work informally and don’t have access to government assistance, the cash migrants send to their loved ones can even boost political stability and provide a buffer for national economies. In this episode, we hear about remittance trends in pandemic times from Creative’s Manuel Orozco, NYU’s Roy Germano, and Remitly’s Matt Oppenheimer.

    • 32 min
    How Business Schools Adapt in Times of Crisis

    How Business Schools Adapt in Times of Crisis

    The pandemic is upending education as we know it. But even before COVID-19 hit, political unrest sparked by economic and social inequality proved the desire for a conscientious approach to business. In this episode, Joanne Li of FIU Business and Ignacio de la Vega of Tecnológico de Monterrey’s EGADE tell AS/COA Online’s Carin Zissis how their programs are adapting to both COVID-19 and the drive for compassionate leadership.

    Watch the deans’ participation in an AS/COA panel on business schools in the Americas: 
www.as-coa.org/bizeducation

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Beatriz Elsa ,

Cuba’s New Constitution and 60 years of Revolution

Thank you to America Latina in Focus for that type of discussion. It’s excellent to listen that podcast and maybe more than one Cuban-American will analyze and think about how to find a properly way for economic-politic transition in Cuba.
After 60 years, it will be hard to believe that the regiment is going to implement some kind of changes as Soviet Union did in 1985 like ‘Perestroika and glasnost ‘ when Gorbachev was a president . But the new globalization mentality affects everything, even the regimen in Havana.
Thank you again for your podcast and I can not wait for the next one.

PV3^ ,

Latin America in Focus

Excellent job and very interested Ms Gonzalez you are great
Once again Congrats

Heredia209! ,

Cuba’s new constitution

Very interesting interview. It made me think twice; what would I do if I disagree with what is being proposed that it’s a bit better than what exists. Good job

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