While US-Cuba relations seemed interminably mired in the Cold War, changes since December 17 have been astonishing, with both nations making bold moves toward the normalization of relations. Four months after President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro resolved to restore diplomatic ties, the two heads of state met in Panama at the Summit of the Americas and exchanged a symbolic handshake. Although US restrictions still exist and the embargo is unlikely to be repealed, all in all these developments point to a promising future of reengagement between the two nations.
Please join us for a conversation with one of the nation’s foremost experts on Cuba, Dr. Richard Feinberg, a professor at UCSD’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.
Dr. Feinberg, who attended the Summit of the Americas, will discuss the evolving US-Cuba relationship. Topics will include the significance of the Summit, the push to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the steps toward opening embassies and the current state of US legislation on Cuba.
Following the discussion, we will host a special reception featuring a viewing of our art exhibit with Cuban artist Silfredo La O. Silfredo will give us an introduction to his work, explaining the cultural iconography that characterizes his collection.
Date: April 14
Time: 11:00am San Diego (2:00pm New York; GMT/UTC – 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur
What will the next two decades bring for the energy sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico? Does the region remain on a fast track to becoming a global energy hub? Join us for a discussion of BP’s North American Energy Outlook 2035 with Mark Finley General Manager of Global Energy Markets. The annual report reflects what BP sees as the “most likely” trajectory of the global energy system, based on likely economic and population growth, as well as developments in policy and technology across the globe.
Finley’s presentation will focus on the North American piece of the outlook and likely scenarios driving the region’s efforts to meet energy security and sustainability. Finley’s remarks will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.
Date: April 9
Time: 8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Coffee
9:00am - 2:00pm Roundtable Panel Discussions
Place: Mexico City, Mexico – Marriott Reforma
Contact: Rita Oliveira
This event will be held in Spanish without interpretation
In just over a year since Mexico launched a major overhaul of its energy sector, the country has made huge strides to implement key pieces of the reforms. Indeed, 2015 is shaping up to be Mexico’s energy year. But with much of the attention focused on oil and gas, it is easy to overlook the importance of the nation’s electric sector and magnitude of changes underway. The potential of the nation’s renewables sector also demands further analysis. With an abundance of wind, solar, and geothermal resources, Mexico has the elements to be a hemispheric -- if not global -- leader in renewable energy deployment.
The Institute of the Americas’ Mexico Electricity Roundtable will provide a high-level forum to address pressing questions surrounding the electricity sector in Mexico and particularly in the context of energy reform and its implementation. In Davos Style panels, experts from across government and industry will address a series of topics including the status of power market developments and regulatory changes at CRE and CENACE, as well as the role of the SENER and CFE, and the future for natural gas and renewables in the country’s power matrix.
En algo más de un año desde que México puso en marcha la histórica transformación de su sector energético, el país ha dado grandes pasos para implementar las piezas clave de las reformas. De hecho, el 2015 se perfila para ser el año de la energía en México. Pero con gran parte de la atención centrada en el petróleo y gas, es fácil pasar por alto la importancia del sector eléctrico de la nación y la magnitud de los cambios ya en curso. El potencial del sector de energías renovables del país también requiere un análisis profundo. Con abundancia en recursos eólicos, solares y geotérmicos, México tiene los elementos para ser un líder hemisférico - si no mundial - en el despliegue de energías renovables.
La Mesa Redonda sobre Energía Eléctrica en México del Instituto de las Américas proporcionará un foro de discusión de alto nivel para abordar preguntas apremiantes en cuanto al sector eléctrico de México y particularmente en el contexto de la reforma energética y su aplicación. En los paneles al estilo Davos, expertos del gobierno y la industria abordarán una serie de temas, incluyendo la situación actual de la evolución de los mercados de energía y los cambios regulatorios en CRE y CENACE, así como el papel de SENER y CFE, y el futuro del gas natural y las energías renovables en la matriz eléctrica del país.
Date: March 26
Time: 11:00 am San Diego (GMT/UTC – 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur
Over the last several months, Latin America’s largest economy and aspiring energy superpower has gone through a tumultuous election and endured a wide-ranging scandal at its national oil company. In the electric sector, a prolonged drought has led to nationwide power shortages and raised questions as to whether Brazil can meet growing electricity demand in both the short and long term. The relatively new year is off to a challenging start, but is there a light at the end of Brazil’s energy tunnel?
We are delighted to be joined by Francisco Morandi, Chief Financial Officer of AES Brazil for an in-depth analysis of Brazil’s power outlook and challenges in a complex and changing environment. Morandi will discuss options and opportunities for generation and distribution, as well as the role of natural gas and hydropower in bolstering energy security in Brazil.
Morandi’s presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.