Trevor Cohen

Trevor Cohen holds a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Dickinson College. He is a Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, and the former Latin America Editor at Fair Observer.

The FARC Wars Trilogy: An Ongoing Saga

December 29, 2012

The FARC rebels emerged from decades as minor insurgency into a major threat. But over the last ten years, a Colombian military offensive has beaten them along the war path and forced them to the negotiation table.

Capitalizing on a Resource Curse

December 09, 2012

Latin America has suffered centuries of resource exploitation at the hands of foreign powers, without translating gains to the majority of the population.  However, there are signs that the effects of China’s appetite for these same resources may break the disastrous boom bust cycles of the past.  

A Tale of Culture and Ideology

December 05, 2012

China may have limited cultural appeal in Latin America, but its economic ideology has gained credibility over the US model. Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro curse the evils of US imperialism and extravagance, but still enjoy baseball as a pastime.  While they find their economic models much more in line...

China Comes to Latin America

December 05, 2012

On Latin America and the Middle Kingdom. Background  China has come to Latin America seeking oil, minerals, metals, and food – the natural resources needed to sustain an emerging superpower.

Social Activism and Establishment Media

November 09, 2012

A student movement in Mexico challenges the monopolization of traditional media through the use of social media and their rise provides an interesting study in media both old and new.

Mexico Faces a New President and an Uncertain Future

November 09, 2012

An outline of the elections in Mexico and President-Elect Enrique Peña Nieto. Background The party of Mexico’s 71-year civilian dictatorship is back.  On July 1, Peña Nieto of the Revolutionary Institution Party (PRI) claimed victory in presidential elections over leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution...

The Chavez World Vision

October 22, 2012

Chavez has used his personal charisma backed by generous aid spending to build an anti-empire to counter the US in its crusade for free trade.  But though he is ideologically opposed to the US economic system, he is realistically reliant on its power. 

An Era of Chavez

October 19, 2012

Chavez: love him for his benevolence, hate him for his megalomania, but heed the dangers of his era. Though Chavez has helped many Venezuelans out of poverty, the implications of his prolonged rule bear frightening consequences.  By the end of his next term, he will have governed the Bolivarian Republic...

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