Cuba’s Next Pipe Dream: Oil Drilling Off Florida’s Coast

At a briefing at the White House yesterday with close to 80 Cuban-American Democrat Party donors and activists, senior administration officials supposedly briefed the group about the week in US-Cuba policy as well as what may lay ahead. Among the briefers were Valerie Jarrett, National Security Council staff, as well as State Department officials. From what I can …

Iran and Regional Adventurism, U.S. Should Address but not Make a Political Boogeyman

Readers of our blog know that we have been talking about Iranian meddling in the Americas since we started the DC Dispatches in 2007. Iran’s regional adventurism is a serious matter. Iran may be a small country in another part of the world, but its rulers have a forgotten that the great Persian empire is no more. …

Iran in the Americas, Another Flaccid USG Report

The State Department issued a report on Iran in the Western Hemisphere that some Members of Congress say understates the Iranian presence and activity in the Americas. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) told Bloomberg News that he believes “the Administration has failed to consider the seriousness of Iran’s presence here at home … I question the methodology …

Americans, We Make Our Own Luck

Just returned from a trip to South America. I’ll post a little more about journey in a few days. For now I’ll pass along two thoughts that a senior legislative official shared with me toward the end of my stay. Most unexpectedly he tells me that “you Americans are the luckiest people in the world.” …

Terrorism in the Americas, A Re-Think Needed

After several years of observing Western Hemisphere security issues, an interest tit for tat has finally seems to have developed in the think tank community. There is a great deal of disagreement throughout the government, and the think tank world, on the question of whether radical Islamist terrorism poses a regional threat in the Americas. …

Adios and Happy Trails

For folks who follow U.S. policy toward the Americas, this week we learned of a White House personnel change related and the Western Hemisphere.  Mr. Dan Restrepo was leaving and would be replaced by Mr. Ricardo Zuñiga, a career foreign service officer. The National Security Council staff includes individuals who cover different parts of the …

Cuba & Other USAID Programs Should be Classified

Over at the Cuba Money Project, investigative reporter Tracey Eaton posted a heavily redacted USAID Cuba program summary for the coming year. If the Obama Administration has done anything right on Cuba, this would be one of them – not releasing all the details of USAID efforts on the island. The substance? That’s for another …