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    Adam Ratzlaff

    Staff Writer

    Adam is a staff writer at Charged Affairsis and a PhD student in International Relations at Florida International University. He holds an MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a BA from Tulane University. Ratzlaff predominantly writes about inter-American politics, development, and democratization. Follow Adam on Twitter @adam_ratzlaff.

Will Latin America’s “Populist Hangover” Last?

In a recent Foreign Affairs article, Shannon O’Neil claimed that Latin America is experiencing a “populist hangover.” Many of the region’s populist leaders, particularly those on the Left, have lost power—either voted out or impeached—or have seen their popularity collapse in recent years. From the election of Mauricio Macri in Argentina to the impeachment of…

“It is Essential that America’s Word Be Good”

During the first 2016 U.S. presidential debate, Hillary Clinton claimed that “it is essential that America’s word be good,” in response to presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s foreign policy claims regarding our allies and treaties. While there has been discussion of how presidential candidates have made statements that may threaten U.S. national security and relations with…

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Choosing a Captain in the Storm

As Organization of American States members prepare to select the institution’s general secretary, they need to consider the role that the leader will play in protecting democracy in the Americas.

Monitoring the U.S. Election for Democracy in the Americas

As the United States enters the 2020 election season, politicians on both sides of the aisle should consider inviting election monitors to observe the election. Doing so would allow the United States to more effectively achieve its objectives in the Americas.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro speaking at Florida International University about the future of democracy in the Americas

The Precedent of Inaction

Reporting of Bolivian Election results stopped suddenly sparking protests that eventually led to the ouster of President Evo Morales. However, this crisis may have been averted had the Organization of American States set the precedent of preventing the erosion of democracy.

Extending the Fig Branch

If the next U.S, president is going to successfully repair relations with Latin America, they are going to need to look for innovative approaches to doing so. This will require an all of government approach and inspiration may come from unlikely sources.

Tariffs Won’t Stop Chinese Influence in Latin America

Sen. Rick Scott claims that tariffs on China can combat rising Chinese influence in Latin America but this would only serve to increase Chinese influence in the Americas.

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