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Americas Quarterly

Americas Quarterly is an award-winning publication on politics, business and culture in the Americas. Its audience includes CEOs, senior government officials and thought leaders, as well as a general-interest audience passionate about the Americas.

Americas Quarterly
Americas Quarterly Fall 2013 Free Speech
The Fall 2013 cover of Americas Quarterly on Free Speech in the Americas
Editor-in-ChiefBrian Winter
Former editorsChristopher Sabatini
CategoriesWestern Hemisphere, Latin America, Foreign Policy, Politics, Current Events
Total circulation
First issueAugust 27, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-08-27)
CompanyAmericas Society and Council of the Americas
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City, New York

Borrowing elements from The Economist, Foreign Affairs and National Geographic, but with a focus on Latin America, AQ's print edition reaches over 15,000 readers.[2]

Launched in 2007 and based in New York City, AQ is an independent publication of Americas Society and Council of the Americas. The journal covers a wide range of topics including corruption; entrepreneurship; security; inequality, social mobility; trade; freedom of expression; natural resource extraction; and sustainability.

Digital formatEdit

In addition to the print publication and digital edition, Americas Quarterly publishes articles on its website. Its digital audience averages 155,000 unique views per month.


Americas Quarterly is available at 75 Barnes & Noble Bookstores. It is also distributed to business class lounges of American Airlines and Delta as well as U.S. embassies across the region.[citation needed]

AQ also has an established relationship with NTN24, an online news channel from Colombia with 3 million viewers, to broadcast stories on topics from Americas Quarterly. Topics from AQ are also discussed on NTN’s program Efecto Naím, with host Moisés Naím.[3]

Social Inclusion IndexEdit

AQ's annual Social Inclusion Index,[4] which was published between 2012 and 2016, evaluated 17 countries on across 21 variables including access to public and private goods, popular attitudes toward empowerment and government responsiveness, and the protection of basic civil, political, and human, and disability rights as well as access to justice. The Index tracked social inclusion within and across countries over the long-term, addressing the multiple dimensions of social inclusion, and drawing on existing statistical data sources including the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University; World Bank’s Global Financial Inclusion Index; UNDP Human Development Report; and World Bank’s Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEDLAC).

Each variable in the Index was scored by country, and countries are then ranked by overall score and by individual indicator. The Index served to help broaden the debate—and scholarship—on this crucial issue, providing a platform for debate and discussion about social inclusion in the region.

2012 IndexEdit

The inaugural Social Inclusion Index[5] was released in the Spring 2012 issue of Americas Quarterly'ranking 15 variables across 12 countries. The United States was not included in the relative ranking in this edition. The 2012 rankings were:

2013 IndexEdit

In 2013, the Index[6] added four new Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama) and new indicators for financial inclusion, LGBT rights and women’s rights. It also disaggregated many of the previous indicators by gender and race.

In this edition, Uruguay was the only country to increase its score and surpassed Chile to be ranked first in social inclusion. In total, nine countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru) moved down in the Index. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and the United States were included in the overall rankings for the first time. The 2013 rankings were:

2014 IndexEdit

The 2014 Index added new indicators for disability rights and access to justice and included Argentina for the first time.

In this edition, Uruguay was ranked first in social inclusion for the second year in a row. In total, only two countries (Costa Rica and Peru) improved their score from 2013 while 11 (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and the United States) moved down in the Index. Only Bolivia, Nicaragua and Uruguay maintained the same rank. The 2014 rankings were:


The 2014 Social Inclusion Index generated major press coverage both in the U.S. and throughout Latin America including: The Washington Post,[7] NBC,[8] The Christian Science Monitor,[9] The Wall Street Journal,[10] Forbes,[11] Voxxi,[12] El País,[13] Voz de América,[14] among others. The press release was also featured in Reuters [15] and Bloomberg Businessweek.[16]

Notable contributorsEdit

Editorial BoardEdit


  1. ^ "About". Americas Quarterly. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "About". Americas Quarterly. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  3. ^ "Americas Quarterly". Efecto Naim. July 12, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "AQ Interactive: The Social Inclusion Index 2014". Americas Quarterly. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "AQ Interactive: The Social Inclusion Index". Americas Quarterly. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
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  7. ^ Tharoor, Ishaan (July 29, 2014). "One chart that explains the U.S. border crisis". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Passy, Jacob. "Uruguay, Argentina Top Social Inclusion Index". NBC News. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "What do 'social inclusion' rankings tell us about the child migrant crisis? - Dramatic social disparity across the Americas". July 29, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "How U.S. Compares to Latin America on Civil Rights". The Washington Post. July 31, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "Brazil Might Not Be As Bad As Brazilians Think". Forbes. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  12. ^ "". Voxxi. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  13. ^ "La violencia contra mujeres y menores lastra la inclusión social en Latinoamérica". El Pais. July 29, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  14. ^ "Índice 2014: Exclusión hasta en EE.UU". August 28, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  15. ^ "Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index 2014". Reuters. July 29, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "World Stock Markets & Stock Index Performance". Businessweek. Retrieved November 14, 2015.

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