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  • Executive Memorandum posted May 19, 1999 by John P. Sweeney Storm Clouds in South America

    While the Clinton Administration concentrates on Kosovo, storm clouds are gathering closer to home in South America, where an outbreak of economic and political turmoil during the first four months of 1999 has raised concerns about the region's democratic stability. This series of crises follows more than two consecutive years during which economic freedom, as…

  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 1999 by John P. Sweeney Tread Cautiously in Colombia's Civil War

    The marriage of communist insurgency and drug trafficking in Colombia, the world's largest producer of coca leaf and cocaine, has elevated a decades-old civil conflict into a dangerous war that now threatens stability in Latin America. It also endangers vital U.S. interests in the region, including the war on drugs. Colombia produces 80 percent of the cocaine…

  • Backgrounder posted September 25, 1996 by John P. Sweeney Restoring American Leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean

    INTRODUCTION Latin America has bounced back from the economic meltdown caused by the Mexican peso on December 20, 1994, but the United States has not. The democracies of Latin America have stayed on course with free-market reforms, trade liberalization policies, and efforts to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). However, the U.S. appears to have turned…

  • Backgrounder Update posted November 21, 1995 by John P. Sweeney Putting NAFTA's Expansion Back on a Fast Track

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 11/21/95 265 PUTTING NAFTA'S EXPANSION BACK ON A FAST TRACK (Updating Backgrounder 1027, "Putting Trade with Asia and Latin America.on a Fast Track," March 23, 1995.) Ayear ago, the United States had a clear vision of where it was going in Latin America. The U.S. was dedicated to spreading free trade throughout the Western…

  • Backgrounder posted March 23, 1995 by Robert P. O'Quinn, John P. Sweeney Putting Trade With Asia and Latin America On A Fast Track

    Introduction The United States has made significant progress in the past two years toward expanding free trade. Both the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and legislation implementing the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) have been approved by Congress and signed into law by the President. Yet, forces are at work in…

  • Backgrounder posted March 21, 1995 by John P. Sweeney Colombia's Narco-Democracy Threatens Hemispheric Security

    Introduction For the first time since 1986, when the U.S. started passing judgment on the counternarcotics efforts of 29 major drug-producing and drug-transit countries, Colombia this year received a failing grade. However, on February 28, President Clinton issued a "national interest waiver" exempting it from this failing grade. As a result, Colombia will be…

  • Backgrounder posted November 10, 1994 by John P. Sweeney Why the Cuban Trade Embargo Should Be Maintained

    Introduction With the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a growing chorus of cries for the United States to lift the economic embargo on Cuba. This chorus has included even such responsible anti-communist voices as those of former President Richard Nixon and the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. Such calls are curious,…

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