Issue Brief posted April 8, 2015
The U.S. Should Back the Falkland Islanders’ Right of Self-Determination at the Summit of the Americas
The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on April 10–11, 2015. In the past, Canada has been alone in supporting the Falkland Islanders’ right of self-determination in the OAS.
This summit would be a good opportunity for the Obama Administration to drop its support for Argentina’s calls for negotiations…
Backgrounder posted March 4, 2013
The United States Should Recognize British Sovereignty Over the Falkland Islands
In 1982, the United Kingdom, led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, went to war with Argentina in the South Atlantic to retake the Falkland Islands. Unprovoked, Argentina had invaded the Islands and occupied them for two months. Against the odds, Prime Minister Thatcher assembled a naval task force and deployed it to the South Atlantic to liberate the Islands and their…
Audio Recorded on March 1, 2013
Heritage in Focus: Bullying the Falklands
Fellows Luke Coffey and Ted Bromund discuss the century-long feud between Argentina and the United Kingdom over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands on this week's Heritage in Focus. Jackie Anderson hosts.
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Issue Brief posted February 27, 2013
Falkland Islands: U.S. Should Support Right to Self-Determination
On March 10–11, the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, will hold a referendum to decide whether to maintain allegiance to Great Britain. The islands are self-governing but maintain the British monarch as their head of state. The referendum is an answer to Argentina, which, though defeated by Britain in the 1982 Falklands War, is again…
Issue Brief posted November 26, 2012
Argentina No Longer Deserves to Be a Major Non-NATO Ally of the U.S.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton designated Argentina as a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) of the United States—a highly sought-after status that includes exclusive military-to-military cooperation. Today, only 15 countries in the world enjoy MNNA status.
However, Argentina under the leadership of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is not the dependable and friendly Argentina…
Issue Brief posted June 14, 2012
Falklands War: Lessons of Liberation Ring True for U.S. Today
Thirty years ago today, the Falkland Islands War between Great Britain and Argentina ended with a cease-fire after a hard-fought British campaign to liberate the islands from their Argentine occupiers. That victory would not have been possible if Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had not launched the daring campaign and if the United States, under President Ronald Reagan,…
WebMemo posted February 8, 2012
Falkland Islands: United States Should Back Great Britain
In a blatant show of disdain for the Anglo–American Special Relationship, the Obama Administration has weighed in on the mounting tensions between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Just two days after Prime Minister David Cameron issued a robust statement in the House of Commons in mid-January vowing to defend the sovereignty of the Falklands, the…
WebMemo posted June 9, 2011
President Obama Should Side with Britain over the Falkland Islands
President Obama was effusive in his praise for the Special Relationship when he visited London in May, but his Administration continues to slap Britain in the face over the highly sensitive Falkland Islands sovereignty issue by aligning itself with Argentina’s call for U.N.-brokered talks on the future of the islands.
This reckless approach toward the U.S.–U.K.…
Backgrounder posted March 4, 2011
Holding the Kirchners Accountable for Argentina’s Economic Freefall
In Argentina, the rule of law and free-market principles have been weakened dramatically over the past decade. Under the leadership of Nestor and Cristina Kirchner, economic freedom in Argentina has been in a virtual freefall, corruption has been rampant, and the government’s ties to strongmen in the region, such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, are…
Backgrounder posted August 9, 2010
Cronyism: Undermining Economic Freedom and Prosperity Around the World
Backroom deals between members of the governing class and their hand-picked cronies influence the legislative, executive, and regulatory actions of governments around the world. Examples of this ancient form of corruption abound. Government intrusions into the private sector as a partner, financier, or outright owner are not only morally hazardous, but…
WebMemo posted April 22, 2010
Cronyism and Corruption Are Killing Economic Freedom in Argentina
Argentina’s ranking in The Wall Street Journal/Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom—now 135th out of the 179 countries ranked in the Index—has declined steadily in the seven years since President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, took power. It is by far the lowest ranked G-20 nation. Recently Charles…
Backgrounder posted May 13, 2008
How Reforms in Mexico Could Make the U.S. More Secure
Felipe Calderón, who began his single sexenio (six-year term) as President of Mexico in December 2006, has made significant progress in the fight against narcotrafficking, but Mexicans are still waiting to see whether his government will successfully challenge the private- and public-sector monopolies and duopolies that dominate huge portions of mexico economy. These…