Taylor Dibbert

Taylor Dibbert is a freelance writer and a new leader at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has worked for prominent human rights organizations in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2006-08. Dibbert holds degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the University of Georgia.
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Post-Zapatero Spain: Foreign Policy Overview

Taylor Dibbert writes on how Mariano Rajoy’s victory may cause significant changes in foreign policy with both the United States and Latin America. Well, it happened. This past November Spain’s Socialists (PSOE) got hammered at the polls and (after failing twice before) incoming prime minister Mariano Rajoy of the nation’s conservative Popular Party (PP), got his absolute majority in... Continue Reading

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Rethinking US-Mexican Security Cooperation

A change in Mexico’s Presidency may lead to a re-focus on border security issues. Since Felipe Calderón came into office in 2006, security links between the US and Mexico have gotten noticeably stronger, the Mérida Initiative being the most obvious example of this. Funding under this program will almost certainly continue next year. Since “Mérida... Continue Reading

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The Policy Implications of Spain’s Election

Analysis on Spain’s troubled situation, and how the upcoming elections will determine its economic policy for the year ahead. On November 20th Spaniards will go to the polls. Barring an epic upset, Mariano Rajoy of the center-right Popular Party (PP) will be the country’s next Prime Minister. Many Spaniards have grown tired hearing that the Socialist party (PSOE), which has been in... Continue Reading

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Old Habits Die Hard: The Election of Otto Peréz

Analysis on the election of a new president in Gautemala, and what this means for the country. On November 6, Otto Peréz-Molina was voted Guatemala’s next president, making him the first military man to lead the country since 1986, the year the nation became reacquainted with democracy after decades of dictatorship. A prominent military figure in the 1980s and 1990s, he was active... Continue Reading

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