Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
The election of Bolivia's new president is a powerful symbol of the growing resistance throughout Latin America to U.S.-led economic programs.
Morales faces the daunting challenge of governing a troubled and bitter nation, where expectations are high and short-term change is difficult to achieve.
A Cuban expatriate has forced the administration to decide on terrorist criteria: "acceptable" acts of terrorism carried out against Cuba versus "unacceptable" ones undertaken against the United States and its allies.
Demonizing Morales will not advance our true national interests of promoting freedom and human development. But cheering an independent and democratic Bolivia just might.
Renewed U.S. military presence in Latin America.
Did arrogance cost lives?
U.S.-Caribbean economic relations since 1950 divide into two periods: 1) the cold war era, when security concerns about communism shaped U.S. policy, and 2) the post-cold war period, when the importance of the Caribbean to U.S. strategic interests has diminished, and U.S. policy is driven by a new set of concerns.
Fujimoris decision to call for new elections and dismantle SIN is an important step toward putting Peru back on the path to democratization; however, the situation remains very tense and the position of the military and intelligence services uncertain.
Bolivia is in the grips of its worst political crisis and social upheaval since the end of the dictatorships in 1983, while U.S.-imposed economic and antidrug policies are principal reasons for the current conflicts.
Drug crop eradication has produced little effect on the price or availability of cocaine in the United States.