U.S. and Latin America
The CSIS Americas Initiatives provide:
- A bipartisan, independent forum for discussion and debate of key issues in the United States relationships with the Americas, bringing government officials, academic and regional experts, private sector, multilateral organizations, and non-profit institutions together;
- Forward-looking analysis and publications on key strategic issues.
The CSIS Argentina Initiative focuses on the dramatic transformation that Argentina is undergoing since December 2015. Lessons from Argentina’s political and economic transition, including on issues of transparency, governance and economic development, will serve as examples for other countries in transition in the region.
The Americas Program launched the Argentina-U.S. Strategic Forum in early 2017 as a means to promote a closer bilateral relationship between Argentina and the Unites States. The Strategic Forum is a platform for senior private and public sector representatives to identify and promote concrete initiatives to address important policy issues. Officials of both governments participate in Forum meetings to help ensure that Forum initiatives complement official efforts. Six Working Groups under the forum are functioning in the areas of Trade, G20/OECD, Agriculture, IT/Education, Health and Energy. Concrete projects already include efforts to support Argentina’s goal of joining the OECD and successfully chairing the G20 in 2018, an initiative to increase participation of young women in the IT/programming/coding sector, a project to more accurately measure area and yield of crop cultivation in Argentina, and a telemedicine project being implemented in Buenos Aires Province.
In 2017, CSIS also launched a microsite entitled, “The Macri Government’s Reform Program: A Scorecard.” The scorecard lists and summarized the most significant reforms being planned and executed by the Macri administration.
The Brazil Initiative aims to put a spotlight on innovative technologies and sectors in Brazil, in particular science-based agriculture that can serve more than at present as models for other regional states. Brazil’s political transition since Summer 2016 is also the focus of attention for lessons to be learned for other regional states.
The Caribbean Initiative is being developed to leverage the multitude of political, economic, security, and health interests facing US policymakers and their counterparts in this region. A focus is also being placed on the vibrant Caribbean Diaspora communities in North America. The Initiative is comprised of Non-Resident Senior Associates and experts within the Caribbean and diaspora community. Topics of the Initiative include: energy infrastructure, anti-corruption tactics, and the development of healthcare and education systems.
CSIS seeks to play a role in bringing government officials, multilateral organizations, private sector, academic and regional experts, and non-profit institutions together to discuss how the United States, regional countries and the international community can assist in the rebuilding of Venezuela. As part of the research effort, the Program is considering past transition experiences around the world and their relevance to the Venezuelan case. The goal is to provide analysis of possible policies and reforms for the most important sectors of the country.