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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on April 22, 2015 at 8:24 am / in Latin America, Op-Ed, Opinion, World

What Delayed Peru’s Leftist Turn: Neoliberal Policy Stickiness and Sociopolitical Situation

by The new millennium marked an era of major political change in Latin America. Beginning with Hugo Chávez’s 1998 electoral victory in Venezuela, the region has witnessed an unprecedented, yet lasting, turn toward the Left. Within a span of ten years, over two-thirds of the countries in the region elected leftist presidents, forcing the world to recognize the political ascendance of the Left as the new Latin American reality. This left…

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by / on October 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Carne Asada and a Side of Jihad?

…pus Christi, Texas which is just hours from the Mexican border. While the connection between the Middle East and Latin America is old news (a camaraderie based on the shared resentment of American “hegemony” and the penchant for trafficking illicit drugs), what stands out in Iran’s most recent assassination attempt is how it represents a larger pattern of cooperation, both official and illicit, between the Middle East and Latin America. The rise…

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by / on March 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

A Latin American Pivot?

…g enough to cultivate our friendships abroad, including those much closer to home? In short, when will we have a Latin American pivot? The cliché is often stated: by 2050, half of Americans will speak Spanish. I myself come from one of two states that the 2010 Census found had a population over 40 percent Hispanic. The interests of the United States and the interests of greater Latin America are increasingly aligned because their peoples are incr…

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by / on October 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Rethinking the Past

…power, it’s even harder to deal with them once they’re gone. It’s an issue that is still being grappled with in Latin America. How do we create democratic institutions from scratch? How do we view the dictatorial era itself? Is political and economic stability worth a suspension of human rights? Perhaps one of the most difficult and pertinent questions for modern Latin America is the question of war crimes. Who can be charged with  a ‘war…

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by / on November 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm / in Current Issue, Latin America, World

Digging With China

…e, and have agreed to partner with Nicaragua in building the new canal. China is already the largest investor in Latin America as a whole. At $40 billion, the proposed canal will be the most expensive and history and certainly not a project that Nicaragua could undertake independently (for some perspective, the GDP of the entire country is estimated to be roughly $20 billion). Chinese investment in Latin America has been on the rise for some tim…

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by / on February 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Opinion, World

2012 Latin American Political Playbook

…rgeoning growth in emerging markets). This is one of the reasons that I believe 2012 will be an exciting year in Latin America. Continuing fallout from the economic crisis has slowed down the new dynamic giants to our South, but growth rates have remained positive. Violent revolutions, which, with a few exceptions, came to be synonymous with Latin America in the twentieth century, are increasingly a thing of the past; peaceful power transfers hav…

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by / on May 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm / in Domestic, Election, Uncategorized

Obama’s Vision for Relations with Cuba

by In his final year as president, President Obama is receiving hard-earned praise for the actions that he has taken during the past eight years. Some of this praise has been retrospective—such as, perhaps most notably, the op-ed that conservative pundit David Brooks published in The New York Times entitled “I Miss Barack Obama,” in which he details his own surprise at how much he misses Obama as a presidential candidate amidst the cha…

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by / on April 4, 2015 at 10:19 am / in Giovanni E. Pagán, Latin America, Most Recent Column, Web Columnists, World

Two Wings of the Same Bird (Part II):

by   In his most recent end of the year address, President Obama pledged to “leave behind the legacy of colonialism” in Latin America. Based on the actions taken in the past few months this promise is being upheld by the United States’ diplomatic efforts in Cuba. However, this unprecedented action by the United States in Cuba is disparate to […]

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by / on September 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Glow Sticks and AK-47s

by I am a ten minute walk from arguably the most famous, certainly the most expensive, beach in the world, but you would never know it from first glance. Young men, barely teenagers, tote assault rifles festooned with glow sticks as they dot around the crowd. And no one bats an eye. Whenever I am asked about Brazil, my mind immediately jumps to those glow sticks and AK-47s.  In the middle of a crowded party and a capirinha-induced haze…

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