Analysis

Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

President Donald Trump’s decision last month to increase sanctions on Cuba represents a strategic error with serious long-term repercussions for U.S. national security.

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

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

Book Review: Voices of Change in Cuba from the Nonstate Sector

This is a book review by Ted A. Henken of the volume “Voices of Change in Cuba from the Nonstate Sector” by Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Roberto Veiga González, Lenier González Mederos, Sofía Vera Rojas, and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán published by University of Pittsburgh Press.

Ted A. Henken

Book Review ˙

Video

El informe Mueller, Venezuela y la OEA, inmigración a EEUU

Michael Camilleri da comentarios sobre varios temas en el Club de Prensa de NTN24, incluyendo la politica de inmigracion de los EEUU, el informe Mueller, y el reconocimiento del gobierno de Guaido por la OEA.

Michael Camilleri

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Last week, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel marked 100 days in office. // File Photo: Cuban government.

Will Cuba’s New Constitution Bring Major Changes?

Cuba’s draft constitution recognizes private property and creates a prime minister position. But would it bring true change?

Vicki Huddleston, Peter Hakim, Ted Piccone, Paul Webster Hare, William M. LeoGrande

Latin America Advisor ˙

Michael Shifter Video

US Foreign Policy toward Latin America

In a public event for the Chappaqua Library (NY), Michael Shifter discussed the impact of President Trump’s first year in office upon American foreign policy and relations with Latin America. Shifter outlines three policy issues that have recently heightened tensions between the United States and Latin America: isolationist and protectionist immigration and trade policies, the reversal of the Cuban thaw, and the Trump administration’s return to a more militant War on Drugs.

Michael Shifter

Event Summaries ˙ ˙ Chappaqua Library

For Cuba’s Díaz-Canel, the Party Has Just Begun

Cuba has a new head of state in President Miguel Díaz-Canel. However, the residual power of the revolutionary generation means the rejuvenation of the island’s political elite is only getting started.

Ricardo Barrios

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Australian Institute of International Affairs

Anxiety at the Summit of the Americas

Although perhaps justified by the tragic events in Syria, President Trump’s last-minute decision to skip the eighth Summit of the Americas, which begins this week in Lima, Peru, was discouraging to his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts.

Michael Shifter, Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

photo of Michael Shifter

“Es exagerado afirmar que si Petro gana, Colombia sería otra Venezuela”

La izquierda y el fervor religioso se hacen un lugar en medio de los históricos récords de impopularidad de los mandatarios salientes este año: Santos, Temer, Peña Nieto, Cartes y Solís, quienes difícilmente superan el 20 por ciento de aprobación a su gestión. Michael Shifter analiza en esta entrevista con Semana este incierto panorama político de 2018.

Michael Shifter, Alexandra Correa

Interviews ˙ ˙ Semana

Video

Trump promoverá su agenda en América Latina en su visita a Perú y Colombia

El presidente Donald Trump participará en la Cumbre de las Américas en Perú el 13 y 14 de abril. Después viajará a Colombia, en una visita que según la Casa Blanca resalta el compromiso del mandatario con la región. Juan Carlos López de CNN en Español analiza esta agenda con Michael Shifter.

Michael Shifter, Juan Carlos López

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN Español

After Raul: What Next for Cuba’s Political Economy?

On February 22, the Inter-American Dialogue in partnership with the Brookings Institution’s Latin American Initiative hosted an event to discuss the political and economic challenges Cuba will face amidst a presidential transition. This event was moderated by Michael Shifter with panelists Richard Feinberg from the Brookings Institution and William LeoGrande from American University.

Martín Rodriguez Nuñez

Event Summaries ˙