Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado discusses the political, economic, and foreign policy issues facing Panama and the region, including the impact of the Panama Papers, the ongoing reform efforts of the Varela administration, and the economic benefits from the anticipated expansion of the Panama Canal, to be launched this summer.
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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discusses recent trade agreements with Peru, Columbia, and Panama.
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The U.S. ratification of the stalled Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama indicates that "there is a possibility, despite the very great partisan divisions in Congress, of bipartisan cooperation on economic issues," says CFR's Edward Alden. However, Alden emphasizes that "it is important not to overstate the potential job creation benefits" of the agreements.
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