The UN Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group Recommends…

May 2, 2010

 Dear Friends. This is my last article as Lead Author of this blog. Although I plan to continue my research on all issues related to energy in the Americas, I am ready for new challenges and projects. I will make sure to post the occasional article as a guest contributor in this blog space. 

Meanwhile, take good care and keep in touch.  Best, Annette.

On Wednesday I scooted out to New York to attend the meeting/release of the report/recommendations put forth by the UN Secretary General Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group. The gist of their mandate is to help the UN system understand and act on the nexus between energy and environment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another chapter on the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas

April 29, 2010

While the world watched with empathy the tragedy that struck Poland and reacted to the fallout from the billowing smoke coming out of the unpronounceable volcano in Iceland, another chapter in President Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) was written earlier this month in Washington. At its essence, ECPA was supposed to reconfigure US relations in the hemisphere – with energy at the start. Read the rest of this entry »


Brazilian Senate approves Venezuela in Mercosul

December 20, 2009

This posting is an update on the previous article – Brazil votes: Venezuela as Full Member of Mercosur  and is a guest contribution by Dr. David Fleischer, Emeritus professor of Political Science at the University of Brasília, and editor of Brazil Focus – a weekly political risk newsletter.

On a relatively close vote (35-to-27), on Tuesday evening, 15th Dec., the Brazilian Senate approved the Mercosul protocol for Venezuela’s admission as a full member of Mercosul.  This protocol had already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies.  Although Uruguayan and Argentine legislatures have also approved this protocol, it has yet to be approved by the Paraguayan Congress, and the measure was recently withdrawn from consideration by Pres. Fernando Lugo to avoid its defeat. Read the rest of this entry »


Press Freedom: An Important Debate for the Entire Region

November 19, 2009

This is an article by guest contributor Caroline Stauffer and is published courtesy of Americas Quarterly Blog

Hundreds of print media directors and journalists gathered last week in Buenos Aires for an annual conference on press freedom in the Americas. Read the rest of this entry »


Brazil votes: Venezuela as Full Member of Mercosur?

October 31, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Dr. David Fleischer, Emeritus professor of Political Science at the University of Brasília, and editor of Brazil Focus – a weekly political risk newsletter

After months of “wrangling” in the Brazilian Senate over whether Venezuela should be admitted to full membership in Mercosur, this question advanced in the Senate last week.  The Chamber of Deputies approved this Mercosur protocol last year, but the Senate balked to the point that President Hugo Chávez said that “Brazil’s Senators are ‘lackeys’ of the Bush government”.  As might be expected, this epithet offended the sensibilities of some Senators. Read the rest of this entry »