Haiti finally held legislative elections last month.
As Jacky Charles of the Miami Herald reported, they were “violent”...…
Remember those funny commercials where the opera stars sing, “I have a structured settlement and I need cash now!”?...…
Just before Secretary of State John Kerry raised the Stars and Stripes in Havana last week as he opened the U.S. Embassy...…
The American flag was raised next to the U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years Friday, but Cuban...…
There is a strong likelihood that when Secretary John Kerry raises the American flag in Havana this Friday, he will meet...…
After 80 years of exclusive state control, Mexico is finally liberalizing its oil industry.
On July 15, the Mexican...…
The Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., reopened Monday morning, marking the official end to 61 years of hostility...…
Today a Cuban embassy will open in the United States, and an American embassy will open in Cuba. While the Obama...…
First Cuba. Now Iran.
It can be painful watching President Obama strike deals with some of the world’s most odious...…
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that she...…
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I 655 June 4,1988 CUBAS TERRORIST CONNECTION INTRODUCTION Last
Aprils hijacking of a Kuwaiti airliner is a troubling reminder that
terrorism remains undefeated. In th e battle against terrorists,
attention understandably focuses on such notorious sponsors of
terrorism as Iran, Libya, Syria, and radical…
On September 17, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez
launched the 2007-2008 Heritage Foundation series "Cuba at the
Crossroads," which explores the choices Cuba faces after the end of
Fidel Castro's 50-year reign. The next event in the series will
focus on the threat that Cuba currently poses to U.S. national
security through its activities in Latin…
Colombia, America's best friend in the Caribbean-Andean region, faces the hostile regimes of Ecuador and Venezuela on its borders, and other unfriendly neighbors are nearby in Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina, and Bolivia. The main reasons for their animosity are that the Colombian government is solidly committed to its partnership with the United States and is following the…
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837 JUne 20,1991 A US, ROLE INCHILETS DEMOCRATIC AND mNOMIC REFORMS
INTRODUCI'ION Chile has become a model of economic and democratic
progress in the developing wor ld. It has moved farther and faster
than any other Latin American coulltry toward free market economic
refonn and has posted seven straight years of economic…
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531 September 2, 1986 THE U.S. MESSAGE FOR JAMAICA' S SEAGA IT'S
TIME TO KEEP YOUR PROMISE INTRODUCTION Jamaican Prime Minister
Edward Seaga visits Washington, D.C this week. His arrival should
trigger in the Reagan Administration a reappraisal of Jamaica's
strategic rol e in U.S. Caribbean policy. The island's…
Stephen C. Johnson
Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America,
The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
U.S. House of Representatives
April 20, 2005
Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me…
Abstract: Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country, Latin America’s largest economy, and an important trading partner for the U.S. The Brazilian government dominates many areas of the country’s economy, undercutting development of a more vibrant private sector, and Brazil’s four-year growth average of 4 percent has recently weakened. Government expenditures consume…
On Sunday, October 7, voters in Costa Rica will decide whether
to join the United States-Dominican Republic-Central American Free
Trade Agreement (CAFTA). CAFTA would bring tremendous benefits to
Costa Rica, as it has already to Costa Rica's Central American
neighbors. This bright future is being jeopardized, however, by an
alliance of protectionist anti-free traders…
Colombia is one of the oldest democracies in the world and has
consistently been among the U.S.'s best friends in Latin America.
President Obama should use his White House meeting with Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe on June 29 to reinvigorate the U.S.
relationship with Colombia by offering presidential backing for the
U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as…
America's southern neighbor is facing trouble on several
Drug-related crime and rampant violence have battered Mexico's
sense of public security and confidence in the government's
capacity to protect the lives of its citizens. Violence against
Mexican law enforcement and military officials, as well as the
corruption perpetrated by the drug…
This Issue Brief is also available in Spanish at Libertad.org.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the old 20th-century debate about whether to engage with the global capitalist system is long over, replaced by a virtual consensus about the importance of trade and international investment. A new cleavage has emerged, however, over how to engage the rising economies of…
Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress not to respond to the Venezuelan government’s deadly crackdown against the democratic opposition. Recent high-level talks between the Venezuelan government and select members of the opposition have led the Secretary to mistakenly believe that the crisis will soon end. Additionally, he urged Congress to avoid…
This Issue Brief is also available in Spanish at Libertad.org
When Peruvian president Ollanta Humala took office three years ago, some feared the worst. After all, during his first presidential run in 2006, Humala (a former Peruvian army officer) had donned the fire-breathing mantle of the populist, “Bolivarian” left that was personified by Venezuela’s then-president (and…
For the past few weeks, Venezuela has been rocked by anti-government protests. What started as small-scale demonstrations in the capital city of Caracas has escalated to mobilizations throughout the country.
In response, the Venezuelan government has ordered security forces from the national guard to armed motorcycle gangs to brutally crack down on the democratic…
In 2013, the Obama Administration seemed to take for granted U.S. relationships with our many friendly neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean—nations that share our democratic and economic values—while ignoring growing threats to our national security from some countries in the region that are openly hostile to America’s core principles.
In 2014, Congress should…
Finding the best path to lead Chile toward economic development has been a continuous task of Chilean governments and leaders during the last century. The mission of building a society of opportunities—where each person has the chance to reach personal fulfillment, and can live with dignity and without poverty—seems now closer than ever before.
After a period of economic…
President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua is pushing for a proposed canal project despite lingering questions and growing skepticism from Nicaraguan citizens and politicians. With no public debate, a deficit of hard facts, and a proposal rushed through the Nicaraguan National Assembly, the canal would be a massive undertaking with many unforeseen consequences and still…
Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, former trade union boss Nicolás Maduro, appears to have defeated Governor Henrique Capriles by a narrow margin in a contentious and hard-fought special election on April 14. Venezuela is in such shambles after 14 years of seat-of-the-pants mismanagement that Maduro—assuming his victory is confirmed—may ultimately be forced to pursue…
On Tuesday, cancer claimed the life of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, silencing one of Latin America’s most controversial leaders in the 21st century. Chavez’s death opens the way to an uncertain succession process, continued polarization, and potential instability in oil-rich Venezuela.
Dealing with a post-Chavez Venezuela will require an ongoing U.S. commitment to…
The United States Senate will soon begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan for Director of the CIA. Each must defend his qualifications for higher office and present a…
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