Samuel Guzman

Samuel Guzman is a policy analyst based in Washington, DC. He has extensive experience in South America, following a 15-year tour of the continent in various research and consulting positions.

US Government Should Hit the Stop Button on Punitive Sanctions

America’s implementation of wider sanctions will serve to help, not hurt, its adversaries, all while putting its allies under economic pressure. As the Trump administration continues to deliver its “America First” agenda regardless of collateral damage, it is perhaps unsurprising that the US president is now taking a wrecking ball to the country’s foreign policy. The latest development... Continue Reading

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Trump’s Extreme Vetting Charade

The scant new vetting measures the administration has imposed have all the flavor of the extreme vetting Trump has promised, without any of the punch. Donald Trump keeps trying to tout the need for a travel ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority nations, despite the latest legal setback to his crusade. A second federal appeals court slapped down his revised travel ban, following a... Continue Reading

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When Commodities Crash, Populists Suffer


State policy that prioritizes insulation from the world economy and redistribution of natural resource rents is a road to instability. A new wave of center-right political leadership in Argentina is systematically putting an end to 12 years of isolationist, leftist populism under Peronist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, with the latest development a judicial decision to freeze the... Continue Reading

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The OAS: The Forgotten Continent’s Forgotten Organization

Can the Organization of American States agree on reforms to the approach of regional governance? Latin America is home to 14 different regional international organizations, which often espouse overlapping goals and have similar members. Among these, probably the best developed is the Organization of American States (OAS), which recently concluded its44th annual summit in Paraguay’s Asuncion.... Continue Reading

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