What Challenges Face the OAS’ Next Leader?

Is Almagro the right person for the job? What are the first tasks he should tackle?

Nils Castro, Pía Riggirozzi, Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger, Andrew F. Cooper, John Maisto

Does Latin America Need Another Regional Organization?

During last month’s Rio Group summit in Mexico, Latin American leaders agreed to form a new regional bloc that would exclude the United States and Canada. Is this new group needed?

Peter Hakim, Pierre Pettigrew, Roger Noriega, Mark Weisbrot

What is the Path Forward for Venezuela?

Tintori has been committed to spreading the word on the political situation in Venezuela for the past three years since her husband was imprisoned by President Maduro’s government. Throughout the event the speakers highlighted that there is an undeniable dictatorship in Venezuela that hinders power autonomy, prosecutes dissidents, and violates rule of law and human rights regularly. Tintori also stressed the urgent character of what is the worst humanitarian and economic crisis in the country’s history. She advocated for the immediate release of Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, and all the 108 political prisoners.

Laura Campiglia de Méndez

Event Summaries ˙


XVI Annual CAF Conference

The US relationship with Latin America took center stage at the XVI CAF Annual Conference

Mary Dempsey

Event Summaries ˙

Drug Challenges in the Americas

Latin America has taken a leadership role in drug policy. It remains to be seen, however, if such impetus is sustained.

Marielle Coutrix

Event Summaries ˙

Insulza & the OAS: Moment of Truth

Insulza appears to be headed for reelection as Secretary General of the OAS. The Chilean diplomat is gathering support throughout the hemisphere. The US and Venezuela are among the holdouts.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Colombiano

Shifter: Situación de Venezuela es la más preocupante de la región

“En Venezuela están fallando las políticas en materia social, económica y de seguridad. Y es fundamental que se dé un diálogo que permita identificar y poner en mesa las cosas comunes y diferencias para solventar la situación”

Vladimir Villegas, Patricia Medina

Interviews ˙ ˙ Globovision

The Obama Administration: A Difficult Year in Latin America

2009 has not been a good year for U.S.-Latin America relations. Despite their warm welcome at the April Summit, Latin America’s governments made life more difficult than anticipated for President Obama.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Universal

US Policy in the Western Hemisphere

US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed US-Latin America relations for the first time in the United States since his appointment.

John Kerry

Event Summaries ˙ ˙ US Department of State

The Future of Inter-American Relations

In the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War, there emerged for a time what appeared to be a relatively wide agreement in the United States and much of Latin America regarding the direction hemispheric relations should take. The convergence focused on renewed efforts to achieve inter- American cooperation…

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Calgary Papers in Military and Strategic Studies

Why Is the IACHR Under Fire?

What would rejecting outside funding have done to the IACHR? Do the ALBA countries have a legitimate gripe with the commission?

Michael Shifter, Nathalie Cely, Carmen Lomellin

Adios, Amigos

As Hillary Clinton travels through Latin America this week, the U.S. secretary of state will find it profoundly transformed from the relatively serene region she encountered as first lady in the 1990s.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy