Shannon K. O'Neil

Latin America's Moment

O'Neil analyzes developments in Latin America and U.S. relations in the region.

Public Perceptions of Mexico’s Reform Agenda

by Shannon K. O'Neil Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A man looks from his decorated balcony as police disperse protesters in downtown Mexico City, September 13, 2013 (Tomas Bravo/Courtesy Reuters). A man looks from his decorated balcony as police disperse protesters in downtown Mexico City, September 13, 2013 (Tomas Bravo/Courtesy Reuters).

Vianovo, a strategy consultancy, recently released a poll looking at Mexican impressions of the Peña Nieto government’s economic reform agenda. Interviewing 1,000 people in late August, they found that education reform is the public’s biggest priority—likely due to the teachers’ union protests (which snarled traffic around the capital for weeks) and to the heavy press as the Congress debated secondary legislation (passed in early September). Read more »

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Head to Washington

by Shannon K. O'Neil Thursday, September 19, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders meeting at the Hale Koa Hotel during the APEC Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 12, 2011 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders meeting at the Hale Koa Hotel during the APEC Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 12, 2011 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

One of the potentially biggest economic initiatives for Obama’s second term is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Started some seven years ago by four Pacific nations—Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore—to spur trade by eliminating tariffs, the agreement has now expanded to encompass twelve nations, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. The block’s combined GDP reaches some $28 trillion, with member countries conducting roughly a third of all global trade. Read more »

Foreign Direct Investment and Jobs in Latin America

by Shannon K. O'Neil Thursday, September 12, 2013
Employees work at an assembly line at a Ford manufacturing plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo June 14, 2012 (Paulo Whitaker/Courtesy Reuters). Employees work at an assembly line at a Ford manufacturing plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo June 14, 2012 (Paulo Whitaker/Courtesy Reuters).

In 2012 Latin America received its largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) to date: $170 billion or 12 percent of global flows. These flows went into a range of sectors from mining and petroleum production to high skilled and low skilled manufacturing to telecommunications and electricity. Read more »