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Eric Farnsworth


Eric Farnsworth leads the Washington-based efforts of the Council of the Americas. He is a recognized expert on hemispheric policy and trade and investment issues. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Farnsworth was Managing Director of Manatt Jones Global Strategies LLC. During the Clinton Administration, he oversaw policy and message development for the White House Office of the Special Envoy for the Americas, and also served in the State Department and USTR. Mr. Farnsworth holds an MPA in international relations from Princeton where he studied economics under Ben Bernanke. He is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.


Now is the time for the U.S., Canada and Mexico to make real progress toward an interdependent energy market that will boost trade between all three 

A slew of elections set for the coming year could dramatically change the face of Latin America—for better or worse 

Immigration reform proposals don’t reflect trade relations between the United States and Mexico

The United States should take notice of an innovative trade pact among four Latin American countries—and try to join in

Trade Agreements with Latin American countries and attempts to reform immigration should be part of the ultimate evaluation

Our southern neighbor is looking better and better to U.S. manufacturers while bilateral business is bolstering U.S. jobs

The tragedy in Newtown is forcing reflection on guns, and that should include the guns flowing from the United States to Mexico

Opportunities exist for an alliance similar to that enjoyed by Pacific Rim countries, but the initial approach to Latin America and Africa is crucial

When it comes to trade, states of the U.S. South are ready to bring expertise and goods to a growing Latin America and Caribbean customer base

It’s not only about people, but about trade with a crucial partner

At the Americas Summit, industry and business tell government what works

Voters’ choice of leaders in the United States, mexico and Venezuela will have consequences in the region and half-way round the globe

Cutting foreign spending to shrink the deficit could be short sighted—especially when it comes to latin american countries being courted by china or teetering toward authoritarian rule

It’s time to start thinking of future trade agreements, post Panama and Colombia

Central America's largest economy is engulfed in crime and drug violence as an election approaches in September.

China has taken over as Brazil’s largest trading partner, but how good is that for Brazil?

While voters in the United States were looking for big change, voters in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia were largely satisfied with their course.

Upcoming elections in Venezuela, Brazil and the U.S. promise to have a lasting impact on the hemisphere.

Both on the field and off, Brazil has proven that it is a nation on the move and the team to beat.

Through the sweep of history, his vision of cooperation, democracy and development stand firm

For progress to occur, the target must be cooperation and implementation

The international community must come together to help Haiti rise above its tragedy

In the 20 years since Operation Just Cause Removed Panama’s Manuel Noreiga, the U.S. has changed its approach to Latin America

Improvements in Latin America’s economic picture cannot depend only on growth in the U.S.

It’s time to turn goodwill into significant policy initiatives toward the region.

With trade a hard-sell in Washington these days, it´s time for the white house to actively support a free trade agreement with Panama.

Rumblings that Mexico threatens to become a “failed state” is prompting very public steps to strengthen the U.S. strategic position.

The reality of the economic crisis that began in the United States is now sinking in across the Americas.

The time is right for cultivating common ground

Financial recovery, energy and climate change should be top priorities

The U.S. underestimates the growing influence and impact of Brazil at its own peril

With deteriorating relations in the hemisphere, a high priority for the next president should be restoring the special envoy for the americas, a key part of U.S. foreign diplomacy.

With both U.S. presidential candidates pushing a new grouping of democratic nations, the new organization must learn from where its predecesors have failed.

For Guatemala’s recently inaugurated President Álvaro Colom, providing a safe environment for economic growth in the gang-riddled Central American country poses a serious challenge.

NAFTA-bashing has become a popular political device on the campaign trail, but in practice, revisiting the agreement may have dire consequences.