Hello again! I started the blog in 2007; however, more than our fair share of a few technical glitches a few months ago -- some more serious than others -- and the editors opted to, essentially, start over. The older posts we can recover shall be reposted in due course.
Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appears to have accomplished what no other leader in Latin America or the Caribbean has ever done in recent memory: forced Cuba to retreat. Bolsonaro said he would abolish Cuban medical slavery and offered political asylum to Cuban doctors in Brazil. Cuban health workers who opt to stay must pass a national [...]
National Security Advisor John Bolton's Troika of Tyranny speech in Miami this week (I prefer Triangle of Terror, as Bolton said at one point during his delivered remarks) builds upon President's Trump June 6, 2017, U.S.-Cuba policy reorientation or refocus of U.S. policy toward the Western Hemisphere. Ten days later on June 16, the new plan was [...]
Venezuela has been in a political and economic slow boil for nearly 15 or so years and, lately, it has become a regional and, arguably, a hemispheric crisis. Many Latin America policy experts want to directly intervene in Venezuela; some policymakers have suggested U.S. military engagement. In the long run but with one exception, the United [...]
A benefit of traveling outside the United States, or engaging in conversation with foreigners visiting the United States, is the perspective they can bring to a political discussion. Yes, I know what some of you are probably thinking, in some circles, it is impolite to talk politics, but despite my best efforts to avoid it [...]
The International Economic Emergency Powers Act ("IEEPA") was amended by the Congress last week and includes a section that will help raise awareness of a long-time threat in the Western Hemisphere posed by Iran and its proxy Hezbollah. The small but important change to IEEPA now requires that the executive branch conduct reviews of "... [...]