Institute of the Americas Upcoming Events

Border Modernization and the Economy: an Inside Look

Date: April 24, 2014
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: This event is free and open to the public
Contact: Chandler Martin



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Earlier this year, the San Ysidro border modernization project received a boost of more than $200 million, a boon to the improvement of infrastructure at the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere.  Inadequate infrastructure has led to delays at our ports of entry that have had a staggering effect not only on our regional economy, but also on our national economy. However, this breakthrough in federal funding for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Projectwill reduce wait times and allow for more efficient movement of goods and people.  

Please join us for a conversation with Congressman Scott Peters to discuss the importance of the border to our competitiveness, both regional and national. Congressman Peters will be joined by experts from SANDAG and GSA to discuss the local impacts of obtaining funding for border modernization. Congressman Peters will share insights on the struggles of taking the San Diego collaborative spirit to Washington D.C. in order to shape the discussions on the border and educate our nation's lawmakers on the impacts of the border beyond the San Diego region.

Institute of the Americas’ President Ambassador Charles Shapiro will moderate.

This event is free and open to the public; however, we do ask that you register in advance to ensure adequate seating.


 Smart Border Coalition

Webinar: The Future of Natural Gas in Brazil

Date: April 30, 2014
: 11am San Diego (2pm New York; UTC – 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur


Foto: Divulgação / janeiro 2013Foto: Divulgação / janeiro 2013In the last few years, Brazil has emerged as an important hydrocarbons player in the Western Hemisphere, largely due to the abundant oil reserves in the pre-salt basins offshore. Meanwhile, Brazil’s natural gas sector has lagged behind. Despite significant natural gas reserves, institutional and financial hurdles as well as inadequate infrastructure have limited domestic production, leaving Brazil to meet its internal demand with continued imports from Bolivia and, more recently, by way of expensive imported LNG.

Join us for a webinar discussion of the future of natural gas in Brazil with Sylvie D’Apote, managing partner at Prysma Consultants and formerly managing partner at Gas Energy, Brazil. D’Apote will discuss perspectives for increasing natural gas production in Brazil, expected gas demand growth and diversification, and the evolving supply-demand balance and future of LNG imports in Brazil.

D’Apote’s presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend the live event, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.

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East meets West – An Introduction to Latin America: Chinese Business Executive Training Workshop


Dates: May 5-9, May 5-16, May 5-22, 2014
Location: First week—Institute of the Americas, La Jolla, California
Second week—Mexico City, Mexico, Third week—La Jolla, California
Cost: The programs are designed for the busy executive, with three levels of participation
May 5-9, 2014: East meet West workshop in La Jolla, California (offered in Mandarin)  $4,400
May 5-16, 2014: International program in La Jolla, California and Mexico City, Mexico (offered in Mandarin)  $7,000
May 5-22, 2014: Energy and business program in La Jolla, California and Mexico City, Mexico  $7,500

Contact: Lynne Walker

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Two-week professional workshop in La Jolla, California and Mexico City, Mexico

Learn from regional experts about the economics and politics of doing business in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Chile
Join us for this unique program on the economics and politics of doing business with China’s leading trade partners in Latin America.

During the two-week professional workshop, we will learn from business experts about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Chile.  We will discuss with academics and scholars the political and economic structures of these key Latin American countries. And we will speak with specialists about corporate social responsibility issues, as well as labor issues and environmental concerns in each of the countries.

As a special feature of this program, we will travel to Mexico City to meet with top officials of the government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as well as leading business executives.

The workshop will also offer cultural experiences in San Diego and Mexico. We will enjoy a winery tour in Southern California and a ferry ride on San Diego Bay. In Mexico City, we will visit the renowned Anthropology Museum.



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   Chadbourne                                HSBC



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日期:2014年5月 5-9日, 5-16日, 5-22日
2014年5月5日- 16日:加州拉荷亚及墨西哥城的国际项目(中文) 7000美元
2014年5月5日-22日:能源及商业项目。地点:加州拉荷亚及墨西哥城  7500美元

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CAF                  Vera Carvajal     



   Chadbourne                      HSBC





China Go Abroad


Institute of the Americas                       ILAS-CASS


XXIII La Jolla Energy Conference

Date: May 21-22, 2014
Place: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Contact: Rita Oliveira


XIII La Jolla Energy ConferenceFor twenty-three years, the Institute of the Americas has convened a high-level hemispheric energy summit known as “The La Jolla Conference.” This year’s program will again be at the forefront of shaping critical energy policy discussions and assessing key trends.

2014 Cuba Educational and Policy Trip

Date: May 24th-31st, 2014
Cost:Members $5800, Non-members $6100*
*includes 1-year membership to the Institute
Price quoted is for a double room. For a single room there is a $400 supplement
Contact: Chandler Martin


From May 24th to 31st, 2014, the Institute will convene a delegation to explore policy in Havana and surrounding areas. The trip is a week of immersion in Cuban government, business, art, and culture as legally licensed educational travelers. The program will be led by Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President of the Institute and formerly Coordinator of Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Few in our generation have been inside Cuba, and even fewer have had the inside access now being offered to you by the Institute. The Institute is offering an insider’s perspective to life in Cuba and the Cuba-US relationship. Participants will meet with high-ranking government officials, hear from entrepreneurs in the Cuban private sector, learn from professional Cuban artists and musicians and convene with diplomats and economists familiar with the intricacies of the island.
Don’t miss this opportunity to study Cuban policy through the lens of the people and places that make it unique.
Visits will be conducted in English or will have interpretation available.

Because of the lead time required arranging the necessary legal paperwork, the deadline for registration is March 20. A $1000 deposit is due at that time. Final payments are due April 1. 

Participant fees include:

  • Accommodations in 4- or 5-star hotels
  • Ground transportation
  • All meals and cocktails included in the agenda
  • Admissions to all items on the agenda, including museums, tours, galleries and performances
  • Full-time escort by English-speaking organizers
  • Local guides
  • Requisite Cuban insurance
  • Cuban visa
  • Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations

Airfare to Miami is not included, nor is the Cuban departure tax (25CUC). 

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