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In Center U.S. National Security
Vanessa Clark
Winter 21 Cohort
Winter 21 Cohort
Nov 24, 2020
It was very interesting reading today's document that was published in 2016, now in 2020. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the financial landscape has changed dramatically for a lot of families in the U.S. and around the world. After reading the Department of Treasury's Issue Brief, like @Jay Rosato I wanted to see what the current/recent economic trends in my specialization area of Latin America were like. Latin America has unfortunately been one of the hardest hit regions of the pandemic, which has caused an overall economic decline. According to various statistics including Focus Economics, the pandemic is set to push the region into its deepest recession in modern history. Prior to the pandemic in 2019, the region had a projected GDP growth rate of 1.8 percent. Now instead of economic growth, the region will be focusing on economic recovery especially in terms of unemployment and family income. In comparison to almost every region including Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia, it is probable that Latin America will have a weaker economic recovery as the regions GDP is only expected to grow 2.7 percent (while most regions are expected grow 3% and above). While many U.S. citizens have expressed immense anger in regards to how the current administration has handled the pandemic, the same reaction has been present in most Latin American countries. Presently, the most severely hit economies have been Peru, Argentina and Mexico.
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Australia: Public Diplomacy Strategy 2014-2016
In Center for Asia Pacific Policy
Vanessa Clark
Winter 21 Cohort
Winter 21 Cohort
Sep 29, 2020
This document a very intriguing in my opinion. I have never studied Australia in depth and personally do not hear much or partake in a lot of discussion pertaining to the region. I found their 2014-2016 agenda very dynamic and diverse. I was especially interested in the cultural diplomacy section. Like @Madeline Smith mentioned, it was very interesting to read Australia's efforts to promote collaboration and networks between international partners as well as provide programs that recognize and promote the respect of Indigenous culture. I was aware that Australia had complicated relations with indigenous groups of the region, but was unaware of how segregated things were as well as how slow progression has been to mend these tensions. In 2017 it was reported that Australia's indigenous statistics were still far from equal, following the report rates of education, health and employment among different tribes. The Australian government was also criticized for continually not recognizing Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders in the constitution. I found this situation very similar to many of the situations currently going on with Indigenous groups in Latin America. While there are programs and organizations implemented to recognize and promote peaceful relations with indigenous and native people, there seems to be a continual disconnect and lack of resolution. As @Jay Rosato pointed out, from a moral and foreign relations standpoint, it would make sense for nations to continue to mend these ties and promote not only toleration, but full equality.
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