The Western Hemisphere and the Global World

Project Expert

Shannon K. O'Neil
Shannon K. O'Neil

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

About the Project

Countries throughout North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean are experimenting with how best to integrate into a globalizing world. In this context, deep divides have emerged, with some nations closing off their economies while others embrace trade. The effects of these choices for the economy and society—good and bad—increasingly reverberate in the mostly democratic political realms, affecting the aggregate over one billion citizens in the hemisphere. Through roundtables, op-eds, and short articles, I explore the many aspects of these changing policies and outcomes on issues including poverty and inequality, social mobility, economic structures, rule of law, democracy, and standards of living. Framed by research in my new book, The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter, this project follows the changing conceptions of and responses to globalization in the United States and the hemisphere more broadly.