Latin America Project

B|Brief: The Pacific Alliance 2.0 – Next Level Integration

Just a few years ago, the Pacific Alliance, then a new pact between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, was considered the most important alliance you’ve never heard of. However, that anonymity was short-lived.

As the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru prepare for their eleventh Presidential Summit this July in Chile, we look at some of the areas where the Alliance could take integration to the next level.

Pacific Alliance 2.0: Next Steps in Integration


In a new report, co-authors Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantic Council’s Jason Marczak reflect on a new vision for the Pacific Alliance, version 2.0.

This paper is the result of a months-long collaboration between the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantic Council to convene a high-level working group of leaders from around the world representing the public, private, multilateral and academic sectors, to discuss possible strategies for deeper integration among Pacific Alliance countries.

A Chain Reaction? Effects of Mega-Trade Agreements on Latin America


A new Bertelsmann Foundation study, A Chain Reaction? Effects of Mega-Trade Agreements on Latin America, shines light on the potential effects of the newest wave of proposed free trade agreements on Latin America.

With original data based on multi-sector trade modeling conducted in collaboration with the Ifo Institute, the authors consider how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTIP), the Free Trade...

B|Brief: TTIP and TPP - A Threat to Latin America?

March 24, 2016

by Samuel George, Otaviano Canuto and Cornelius Fleischhaker

For centuries, Latin America’s economies have revolved around exporting commodities – be it digging up minerals and hydrocarbons, or planting soya or coffee, the region has historically relied on shipping natural resources overseas.

Los Pumas del Pacífico: Un Modelo Emergente para Mercados Emergentes

En esta publicación, una versión en español del original publicado en ingles en 2014, Samuel George, Gerente de Proyectos de la Fundación Bertelsmann, escribe que Chile, Colombia, México y Perú, los países de la Alianza del Pacífico, han surgido como ejemplos de alto crecimiento económico que deberían ser reconocidos como socios claves por EE.UU. y Europa. El Sr. George adoptó el cuarteto "Los Pumas del Pacífico" para resaltar la eficiencia, sigiloso e ingenio con la que han progresado política, económica y socialmente para ofrecer un modelo de integración económica para mercados emergentes.

B|Brief: It's About Time: Normalized US-Cuban Relations

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Project Manager Samuel George examines the impact of the unexpected breakthrough in US-Cuban relations.

Five Steps to Kickstart Brazil

Bertelsmann Foundation Project Manager Samuel George and World Bank Associate Cornelius Fleischhaker lay out in this report the five measures that President Dilma Rousseff's second administration needs to take to spur Brazilian economic growth. These measures would help restore the dynamism that characterized the country in the early years of the 21st century before Brazil's current period of mediocre performance set in.

B|Brief: Five Steps to Kickstart Brazil

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Project Manager Samuel George and the World Bank's Cornelius Fleischhaker look at what newly re-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff needs to do to re-ignite her country's stagnating economy.

Globalization Report 2014: Who benefits most from globalization?

This Bertelsmann Stiftung report analyzes the extent to which 42 developed and emerging nations have benefited from globalization and can continue to benefit from it in the future. The study reveals the greater and smaller beneficiaries of the globalization process, enabling a determination of "globalization champions". The report also devotes one section to examining the attractiveness of foreign markets for German companies.

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