Can Small States Help Balance the UN Security Council?

Jul 16, 2019

On June 7, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The election of this multi-island nation of around 110,000 people came largely unnoticed. In fact, it is a historic occasion, since St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the...

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba
Jun 13, 2019

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”
Jun 07, 2019

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse
May 30, 2019

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil’s Universities

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil's Universities

May 21, 2019

On January 1, former army captain and until then unsuccessful far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, has assumed Brazil’s presidency, having won the most polarized election in the country’s recent history. One of his main promises was to fight corruption and crime — a big issue in a country...

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

May 13, 2019

Instead of attempting to undermine China’s Latin America plan, the United States needs to construct one of its own. On April 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kickstarted a week of travel to several Latin American countries, where he did not fail to warn of the dangers of a close...

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilians to Carry Weapons

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilians to Carry Weapons

May 13, 2019

Jair Bolsonaro thinks he and friends are good guys and that if they have the firepower to go after the bad guys, order in a lawless land will be restored.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro followed through with his promise to turn the entire nation into a movie set for a remake of The Wild...

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

May 10, 2019

Many analysts agreed that once the military withdrew support for the flailing regime in Caracas, the fall of Bolivarian socialism would be unavoidable, perhaps a matter of days or weeks. Political analysts have been expecting Nicolás Maduro’s imminent downfall for quite some time now....

Who’s the Liar: Ilhan Omar or Mike Pompeo?

Who’s the Liar: Ilhan Omar or Mike Pompeo?

May 06, 2019

Mike Pompeo wants Americans to understand two essential things: what he and John Bolton have to say about Venezuela is true and his skillset includes the art of lying, cheating and stealing. The US-supported coup attempt in Venezuela has failed. Even US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognizes...

“Remain in Mexico” Is a Travesty of Asylum Policy

“Remain in Mexico” Is a Travesty of Asylum Policy

Mar 27, 2019

As the number of Central Americans coming to the United States has risen since the policy was first announced in January 2019, MPP is not deterring migration so much as increasing hardship on the Mexican side of the border. In late January 2019, the Trump administration announced the “Remain...

Will Evo Morales Win Again in Bolivia?

Will Evo Morales Win Again in Bolivia?

Mar 21, 2019

Evo Morales' re-election bid will be a referendum on his current administration. Evo Morales, the president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is currently in his 13th year in office, with aspirations of remaining until 2025. He is the longest consecutively serving head of state in Latin...

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

Mar 12, 2019

No matter how bad the situation is in Venezuela, a US military response will only make matters worse for the Venezuelans. It may be foreign adventure time again for the good old USA. With troops being pulled out of Syria and Afghanistan after successfully “vanquishing” the enemy and the...

Macri Walks on Thin Ice in Argentina

Macri Walks on Thin Ice in Argentina

Feb 26, 2019

To receive further financial aid from the IMF, the Argentine government has to enforce drastic and unpopular measures ahead of the October elections. The International Monetary Fund recently approved the second review of Argentina’s three-year stand-by agreement. In doing so, $7.6 billion was...

Can Mexico Change Its Approach to Corruption?

Can Mexico Change Its Approach to Corruption?

For López Obrador, corruption is not part of Mexico’s culture. To this day, one of the most serious challenges to Mexico's public service is the prevalence of corruption among officials. At all levels of government — federal, state and municipal — this barrier has proved to be enduring...

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