- CommentaryMar 6, 2014
This week, amidst political turmoil that has gripped the country since early February and has left over a dozen dead and hundreds injured and detained, Venezuela commemorates the first anniversary of the late President Hugo Chávez’s death.
- ReportBy David Pumphrey, Lisa Hyland and Michelle MeltonMar 6, 2014
In the last several years, rail has come to play an important role in the transportation of growing U.S. crude oil production. Over the last seven months, a number of serious accidents have resulted in intense review of the safety of shipping large quantities of oil by rail. The focus has been on classification of the oil, the integrity of tank cars, and rail operations.
- Critical QuestionsBy Daniel F. Runde, Amasia ZargarianFeb 26, 2014
Over the last 30 years, the private sector has emerged as an indisputable driver of global development. The prominence of the private sector is no exception in Canada: looking at some of the most significant Canadian industries (e.g., mining and telecommunications), it is clear that a considerable part of Canada’s economic future lies in emerging economies.
- CommentaryFeb 25, 2014
On the heels of the shale gas and tight oil revolutions, as America shifts from import dependency to increasing self-sufficiency and exports, much will be written about how domestic gasoline prices and the nation’s national security will be impacted by increased domestic oil /liquids production.
- Critical QuestionsFeb 21, 2014
Over the past two weeks, it seems that all attention on the Western Hemisphere has focused on the unfolding political crisis in Venezuela—and for good reason. Venezuelans have taken to the streets to protest a range of topics ranging from human rights to the current economic chaos.
- CommentaryFeb 19, 2014
On February 19, U.S. president Barack Obama, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Toluca, Mexico for the 2014 North American Leaders Summit.
- Critical QuestionsFeb 5, 2014
Last week, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address, summarizing the U.S. relationship with the Americas in one line—as “building new ties of commerce [and] also expanding cultural and educational exchanges amongst young people.”
- CommentaryBy Scott Miller, Paul NadeauJan 31, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made news this week when he said that “everyone would be well advised not to push (Trade Promotion Authority, TPA) right now.” Because trade agreements negotiated by the United States practically require TPA to be concluded, Senator Reid’s comments were described as “putting the brakes” on the President’s trade agenda until after the midterm elections in November.
- Critical QuestionsJan 29, 2014
This Sunday, February 2, almost 5 million Salvadorans will head to the polls to elect the Central American country’s next president and vice-president.
- CommentaryBy Sarah O. Ladislaw, Michelle MeltonJan 28, 2014
On January 28, President Obama will address Congress and the nation with his assessment of the country’s current economic, social, national security, and political well-being. The speech will undoubtedly include at least a few moments of reflection on the country’s energy security, our progress towards combatting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the im