Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
George W. Bushs decision to make his first overseas trip to Mexico, in mid-February, has generated a great deal of speculation about what this could possibly mean for changes in U.S. policy toward Latin America over the next four years.
We need to shift the policy debate in Colombia so that politicians in Washington begin to feel that they can get more support by developing effective alternatives.
In recent years, U.S. policy toward Cuba has been guided by two primary objectives or tracks: to isolate the Cuban government and to provide support to the Cuban population.
What is called drug trafficking in the U.S. is in fact a major, multifaceted, and global industry.
The North American Free Trade Agreement’s impact on the trinational environment remains controversial.
Despite the obvious importance of Mexico, current U.S. policy is fragmented, often contradictory, and lacks a clear strategy or focus.
The certification process is resented in Latin America and elsewhere as a unilateral, sometimes arbitrary and hypocritical exercise by the world's largest consumer of illegal drugs.
Shaping new international rules for labor rights, environmental protection, gender equity, minority rights, sustainable development, and other social goals is a formidable political challenge in view of the forces promoting profit-above-all trade and investment policies.
Since the mid-1980s, there has been a dramatic increase in the magnitude of international flows of portfolio investment (PI), especially from countries in the North to emerging market economies across the South.
The 20-year-old U.S. moratorium on sales of advanced military equipment to Latin America was successful in preventing a high-tech arms race in the region.