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A Step in the Right Direction? Trump’s “Aid” to Central America

Although the Trump administration pays little attention to the Americas outside of U.S. concerns with the “Troika of Tyranny,” the administration is taking a stance against immigration from the region into the United States and at combatting Chinese influence in the region. On December 18, 2018, President Trump announced a $5.8 billion aid package to…

Democracy or Dictatorship? Bolsonaro Brings Populism to Brazil

Has liberal democracy come under threat in yet another country? On October 28th, 2018, Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election, defeating Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT) by 55.2% to 44.8%. Bolsonaro, previously an army captain, has served in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies – the lower house – since 1991. After switching parties multiple…

Is it too Late to Counter the Slow Creep of Chinese Expansion in Central America?

China’s influence continues to spread closer to America’s borders, having now reached Central America. If the United States is not vigilant, it risks losing decades of democratic progress and carefully cultivated strategic relationships. China’s ambitions reach much further than common media narratives suggest, with a rapidly expanding international development agenda looking well beyond the South…

When the Push Outweighs the Pull: The Root Causes of Immigration from the Northern Triangle

The demographics of US-bound migrants are rapidly changing as the influx of single, Mexican adult males from the early 21st century is being replaced by a rise in children, mainly of Central American nationality. The causes of these trends are not surprising as parents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America are continuing to send their unaccompanied children on the treacherous thousand-mile-plus journey to escape conditions endemic to their homelands. As these migration rates will likely only rise in the years to come, it is crucial that the United States re-evaluate its immigration policy to directly address the push factors that are the root causes of the recent growth in emigration rates from the region.

Reimagining the Value of Indigenous Education

Expanding the implementation of bilingual intercultural education (BIE) in Latin America can boost educational access for indigenous peoples and play a role in reducing poverty in the region.

Responsibility to Protect: The Case for a Global Park System

It’s 2030 and states have failed as stewards of Earth. We must take seriously our responsibility to protect this planet and its natural wonders by establishing a global park system.

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.