Analysis

Europe Might Take Another Step Back

If Spain fails to have the Common Position lifted or if it succeeds and Havana again turns down European economic cooperation, then Cuba wins once more.

Marifeli Pérez-Stable

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Miami Herald

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US Pulls Embassy Staff from Cuba after ‘Sonic Attacks’

A recent series of attacks on American personnel in Cuba has left officials in both countries confused. As investigations into the origins of the mysterious symptoms that have affected 21 members of the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic corps continue, there have already been implications for relations between the two countries. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that about half of the embassy’s staff would be recalled. In an interview with BBC, Michael Shifter discussed the attacks and the effect they may have on U.S.-Cuba relations moving forward.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ BBC World News

Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, last month refused to rule out the possibility of the country sending military actors to Latin America. Members of Russia’s military are pictured. // File Photo: Russian Armed Forces.

What Are Russia’s Military Intentions in Latin America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on Russian interests and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Vicki Huddleston, Alexander Belezeko, Fabiana Perera, Douglas Farah

Latin America Advisor ˙

Is Cuba Hoping to Emulate China With Its New Constitution?

Far from a fundamental rethinking of the political framework, Cuba’s new constitution is a cautious attempt at salvaging a dysfunctional system.

Ricardo Barrios, Luis Carlos Battista

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

Michael Shifter

Shifter: “Ortega perhaps has some wishful thinking, and he may have a rude awakening”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, spoke with Frederic Puglie of The Washington Times about the current situation in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The conversation also explored how the incoming Biden administration will deal with the leaders of these left-leaning countries. 

Michael Shifter, Frederic Puglie

Interviews ˙ ˙ The Washington Times

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The Deterioration of Bilateral Relations with Cuba

Ultimately it is the Cuban government itself that will determine whether Cubans’ hopes and ambitions are met. The current deterioration in diplomatic relations is likely to strengthen those in both the United States and Cuba who favor the familiar comfort of a static Cold War antagonism over the rising expectations generated by a new US-Cuba dynamic.

Michael Camilleri

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Cuba Posible

Joe Biden speaking during the 20th Annual CAF Conference

Joe Biden’s Presidency: Implications for Latin America & the Caribbean

After a divisive campaign season and unprecedented election year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, Joe Biden will be sworn in today as the 46th president of the United States of America. What implications will his presidency have for US foreign policy, particularly in Latin America? Our experts share their opinions in these quotes, op-eds, interviews, and Q&As from the Latin America Advisor.

Michael Shifter, Michael Camilleri, Margaret Myers, Lisa Viscidi

Would Conciliatory Gestures From the United States Lead to Change in Cuba?

Eighteen former Latin American and Caribbean leaders signed a letter that was released Nov. 2, calling on the United States to end its six-decade embargo on Cuba and also remove the Caribbean country from its state sponsors of terrorism list. How likely is the United States to make more conciliatory gestures toward Cuba, and what can the United States expect in return? What is the state of Cuba’s private sector, and how much opportunity does it offer to Cuban entrepreneurs?

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Anti-Maduro Uprising Turns Violent in Venezuela

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, was interviewed by CNN International on the anti-Maduro protests taking place in Venezuela as well as the role of Cuba in the Maduro regime.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN