Harper flops with solo act on trade

April 30, 2009

Annette Hester, CIGI Senior Fellow and CIC Research Associate

The recent Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago will be hailed in the future as the watershed moment of change in the relations between the United States and Latin America, but the same cannot be said for Canada. Read the rest of this entry »


Harper’s Free Trade Agenda Leaves Canada Out of Synch

April 22, 2009

Jennifer Jeffs, Senior vice-president at the Canadian International Council (CIC)

It is not surprising that the 5th Summit of the Americas was dominated by a focus on Barack Obama and hopes for improved U.S. attention to and participation in issues and concerns of Latin America and the Caribbean. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement by the Chairman of the Fifth Summit of the Americas

April 19, 2009

The Honourable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

As Chair of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, I must say how very pleased I was with
the manner in which the deliberations progressed yesterday in the Plenary Sessions and again this morning at the Leaders’ Retreat. Read the rest of this entry »

Security Issues in the Americas

April 19, 2009

Carla Angulo-Pasel,
CIGI Research Officer

As one of the major themes for discussion at the Summit of the Americas, security has once again come to the fore with the rising violence in the northern regions of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

Treating the violence of the resource curse

April 18, 2009

Navin Seeterram,
Research consultant, Trinidad energy, peace, security and development

Connecting the perspectives on the resource curse, such as those offered by economics, political economy, and conflict studies is a recent phenomenon. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cohesive American Vision?

April 18, 2009

Thomas O’Keefe, President, Mercusor Consulting

As someone who started working on the campaign of Barack Hussein Obama to get him elected to the White House in the Spring of 2007, it is with disappointment that I await the official opening of the Summit of the Americas today in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Read the rest of this entry »

A Benefit of Summitry

April 18, 2009

Jennifer Jeffs, Senior Vice President, Canadian International Council and Deputy Executive Director and Senior Fellow, CIGI

The OAS has brought in a team of 68 interpreters for today’s bilateral meetings between country leaders, demonstrating the importance attached to facilitating dialogue between country heads. Read the rest of this entry »