The Fall 2013 cover of Americas Quarterly on Free Speech in the Americas
|Categories||Western Hemisphere, Latin America, Foreign Policy, Politics, Current Events|
|Company||Americas Society and Council of the Americas|
|Based in||New York|
Launched in 2007, AQ reaches over 17,000 readers  and is published by Americas Society and Council of the Americas. The journal covers a wide range of topics including health care; trafficking and transnational crime; poverty, inequality, and social mobility; freedom of expression; natural resource extraction; sustainability and immigration.
In addition to the print publication and digital edition, Americas Quarterly publishes daily updates to the journal in the form of Web Exclusive articles, multimedia features, and daily blog posts on its website.
Americas Quarterly is currently available at Barnes & Noble Bookstores. It is also distributed to American Airlines Admirals Club Rooms in each of the following cities: Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Caracas, Venezuela; Mexico City, Mexico; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the business class lounges of US Airways, Delta and Taca Airlines; and U.S. embassies in the region.
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.
Social Inclusion Index
AQ's annual Social Inclusion Index currently evaluates 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 tracks 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 is scored by country, and countries are then ranked by overall score and by individual indicator. The Index serves to help broaden the debate—and scholarship—on this crucial issue, providing a platform for debate and discussion about social inclusion in the region.
The inaugural Social Inclusion Index 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:
In 2013, the Index 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:
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, NBC, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Voxxi, El País, Voz de América, among others. The press release was also featured in Reuters  and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Notable contributors to Americas Quarterly include: