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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.

Beyond Migration: Humanitarian Assistance to the Northern Triangle

President Trump has tied humanitarian aid to migration outcomes in the Northern Triangle, yet foreign assistance affects underlying causes of migration to the United States. More importantly, predicating future aid on migration outcomes goes against fundamental humanitarian principles and US values.

Deforestation in Amazon: A Global Climate Emergency

The Amazon forest fires in Brazil are the result of regional deforestation and failed environmental policies. Since Brazil has taken strict initiatives in the past for conserving the forests, the current government of Bolsonaro has weakened the environmental bodies which are responsible for protecting the forests from agribusiness industries. Deforestation in the Amazon region is not only a concern for Brazil but the rest of the world. The international community can impose fines on companies with corrupt supply chains, and support public protests which will help in curbing illegal deforestation.

Hurricane Season…Here We Go Again

The annual hurricane season is here and once again devastating the Caribbean. Regional enforcements and integration can help save lives in both the short and long-term.

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.

The Forced Migration Of The Venezuelans: A Humanitarian Disaster

Oil price volatility transfers to social and political volatility in states which rely on hydrocarbons to power their economy. Venezuela is a cautionary tale of how wrong this can go.
Sede de Unasur Quito Ecuador building

El Mercado Institucional: Multilateral Forum Shopping in Latin America

In the Americas, the multitude of regional organizations allow states to bypass the limitations of each organization and weakens the effectiveness of regional institutions. Rather than creating new organizations, the region should fix existing institutions.

Authoritarianism’s Next Stop for Oil? Guyana!

As Venezuela's government is increasingly marginalized, China, Russia and Turkey will look to Guyana to fill natural resource needs. This poses dangers to Guyana's emerging democratic institutions.

The Estrada Doctrine’s Illusion of Neutrality: How Venezuela’s Crisis Became Mexico’s Missed Opportunity

Mexico's reversion to the Estrada Doctrine of neutrality is an ethical and strategic mistake, which has resulted in a major missed opportunity for Mexico to take on the mantle of regional leadership.

The Hemispheric Community and Slow-Motion Coups

Bolivian President Evo Morales has steadily undermined his nation’s democratic institutions, leading Andres Oppenheimer and others to claim that a “slow motion coup” is occurring in the country. The Andean nation has seen a number of challenges to liberal democratic practice since Morales first came to power in 2006. Perhaps the most pervasive challenge has…

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…