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January 6, 2014: The Future of Inter-American Relations
By Peter Hakim
Source: Calgary Papers in Military and Strategic Studies
The United States and Latin America have been drifting apart for a decade or more. The critical question, however, is not where inter-American relations stand today, but where they are headed in the coming decades. An examination of three major scenarios is meant to contribute to an understanding of the principal factors that will likely shape the future of hemispheric affairs.

December 30, 2013: Four Top Stories from Latin America in 2013
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
In 2013, four news stories in Latin America stood out. All have long histories and huge implications. They are still evolving, and bear close watching in 2014.

December 30, 2013: Lo que le dejó el año a América Latina y que seguirá en 2014
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
En 2013 se destacaron cuatro grandes noticias en América Latina. Todas tienen largas historias y enormes implicaciones. Todavía están evolucionando, y estarán bajo vigilancia en 2014.

December 23, 2013: How Will Latin American Economies Perform in 2014?
By Alicia Bárcena, Alfredo Coutiño, and Erich Arispe
Source: Latin America Advisor
Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean has been in "low gear," the International Monetary Fund said in October. What will drive the region's economic growth in the coming year? Which countries will experience solid economic expansion in 2014, and which will struggle? Where have government policies done the most good or damage to growth?

December 20, 2013: What Does 2014 Hold for U.S.-Latin America Relations?
By Arturo Sarukhán, Rubens Barbosa, Peter Hakim, Julia Buxton, and Riordan Roett
Source: Latin America Advisor
What lies ahead for U.S.-Latin America relations in the coming year? To what extent will the Obama administration seek to strengthen ties in the region? How much will Latin American countries want to work with the United States?

December 20, 2013: The Top 2013 LGBT Stories from the Americas
By Javier Corrales and Cameron Combs
Source: Huffington Post
Our hemisphere is quickly becoming one of the most gay-friendly territories in the world. It has far and beyond the most people living with access to marriage equality, not to mention the largest pride celebration on Earth. Many countries in the Americas are expanding their safeguards against discrimination and boast some of the world's most vibrant LGBT movements. But not everything is advancing in a positive direction. This is our pick for the top LGBT stories - both positive and negative - from the Americas in 2013.

December 6, 2013: President Juan Manuel Santos Comes to Washington
By Peter Hakim
Source: Infolatam
President Santos’ visit to the United States this week reaffirmed that Colombia is the United States’ principal ally in South America—and that Colombia highly values its close ties with Washington.

December 6, 2013: Tras la visita de Santos a Obama, todo sigue igual: es decir, bien
By Peter Hakim
Source: Infolatam
La visita en esta semana del Presidente Juan Manuel Santos a EE.UU. reafirma que Colombia es el principal aliado de Estados Unidos en Sudamérica además de estar entre sus principales socios comerciales -- Y también que Colombia saborea sus estrechos lazos con Washington.

November 21, 2013: My way or the "trail"
By Scott Odell
Source: The Broker
There is no easy answer to the question of the fate of Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT region, but a few key steps can maximize the areas of agreement of the many vested interests.

October 27, 2013: Dictaduras del Siglo XXI
By Emilio Palacio entrevista a Osvaldo Hurtado
Source: ÚnetEcuador
El ex presidente del Ecuador Osvaldo Hurtado visitó Estados Unidos para promover su libro Dictaduras del Siglo XXI, ahora traducido al inglés. Le pedí conversar y aceptó de inmediato. Fue una charla extensa con uno de los pocos jefes de la oposición que se atreve a tildar de dictador a Rafael Correa.

October 21, 2013: Why Have Businesses in Colombia Become so Pessimistic?
By Antonio Navarro Wolff, Alexander Chalmers, and Andy Webb-Vidal
In August, the level of business confidence in Colombia fell to its lowest level since 2009, according to local think tank Fedesarrollo. Why have businesses operating in Colombia become so pessimistic? To what extent have the policies of President Juan Manuel Santos helped or hindered businesses? Which sectors have thrived during Santos' administration, and which have struggled?

October 6, 2013: La maniobra de Maduro frente a Estados Unidos
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
Hace cuatro meses, después de una reunión entre el secretario de Estado de EE. UU. John Kerry y el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Venezuela, Elías Jaua, en la Asamblea General de la OEA en Guatemala, un eventual reacercamiento entre Washington y Caracas parecía posible. Las relaciones políticas han sido tensas y conflictivas desde que Hugo Chávez llegó al poder en 1999.

October 6, 2013: Maduro's Latest US Maneuvers
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
Four months ago, an eventual rapprochement between Washington and Caracas looked possible. Unfortunately, hope for better relations quickly faded with the recent expulsion of US and Venezuelan diplomats.

September 30, 2013: Was Maduro's Recent Trip to China a Success?
By Riordan Roett, Margaret Myers, Gustavo Roosen, and Dan Hellinger
Source: Latin America Advisor
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this month made a three-day visit to China, his first official state trip abroad since taking office in April. Was the trip a success for Maduro? For China?

September 24, 2013: Why Are Tensions Rising Between Nicaragua & its Neighbors?
By Francisco Campbell, Christine Wade, and Fernando Cepeda Ulloa
Source: Latin America Advisor
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega recently said the country will seek to regain control of Guanacaste province, which it lost to Costa Rica in 1824. Meanwhile, tensions between Nicaragua and Colombia over their maritime boundaries, ostensibly settled by an International Court of Justice ruling late last year, have been reignited. What is behind Ortega's bellicose statements?

September 9, 2013: Development vs. Conservation: Global Trends in the Battle Over Oil in Ecuador’s Yasuní Rainforest
By Scott Odell
Source: New Security Beat
Ecuador, the OPEC member with the smallest amount of proven oil reserves, has gained outsized attention in the debate over the future of oil extraction in recent days and may well play a decisive role in the outcome of the global tension between economic development and environmental conservation.

July 30, 2013: China y EE.UU. en Latam: ¿quien gana?
By Peter Hakim
Source: Infolatam
No hay que negar que EE.UU. y China están compitiendo por mercados y oportunidades de inversión en Latinoamérica, pero no existe ningún conflicto serio entre China y Estados Unidos relacionado con la región. Mirando hacia el futuro, Washington tendría que continuar dando la bienvenida a la presencia activa y en expansión de China en Latinoamérica, tanto como China tendría que celebrar un fuerte rol de EE.UU.

July 17, 2013: Why Latin America (Hearts) Snowden
By Peter Hakim
Source: Reuters
Edward Snowden requested political asylum of 20 or more countries across the globe to avoid facing espionage charges in the United States. Though he is now seeking temporary asylum from Russia, where he has been stranded in the Moscow airport, only a few nations, all in Latin America, have been openly receptive to his pleas.

July 17, 2013: ¿Por qué Latinoamérica abre su corazón a Snowden?
By Peter Hakim
Source: Reuters
Edward Snowden pidió asilo político en 20 o más países de todo el mundo para evitar enfrentar cargos por espionaje en Estados Unidos. Aunque ahora está solicitando asilo temporal en Rusia, donde se encuentra varado en el aeropuerto de Moscú, sólo unas pocas naciones, todas ellas en América Latina, se han mostrado receptivamente abiertas a sus pedidos.

July 8, 2013: Are Latin American Countries Thumbing Their Noses at the U.S.?
By William McIlhenny, Daniela Chacón Arias, and Carl Meacham
Source: Latin America Advisor
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is the latest high-profile fugitive to seek political asylum from the United States in Latin America. Why are some governments in the region so eager to thumb their noses at the United States?