Category: Panama

On Extraditions and Colombian-Panamanian Ties

Much has been made about Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ success at mending relations with his neighbors to the east and south. Rightly so. Given the difficult situation…

Ideas, not money, will make Central America safer

Boz has a great point about the fresh funding headed to Central America: I think a lesson is that there is no amount of money that the US…

The Media’s Role in International Diplomacy

Two recent stories out of Latin America highlight some of the stranger ways the media plays a role in international diplomacy. The first is minor. Living in Peru…

Central America, crime, and what the Americas are doing about it

On 3 March 2009, The Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed titled “In Praise of Mexico’s War on Drugs”. Although it was written nearly two years ago, it…

Twisted Fantasy Becomes Twisted Reality

Bocas del Toro (Bocas, as many of the large ex-pat community refer to it) is a beautiful archipelago in Bocas del Toro province. I had the good fortune…

From Partner by Default to Partner of Choice: Shifting US Policy in Latin America

On March 26, US Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield said the US is close to signing bi-lateral military accords with two unspecified countries in Latin America. In October…

Anti-drug bases in Panama and the Drug War in 2010

One of the biggest stories emerging from the Americas in 2009 was Colombia’s decision to let the United States access military installations throughout Colombia in efforts to combat…

Broad Regional Integration or a Case-by-Case Basis?

The AQ blog recently published an excellent article analyzing the effectiveness and utility of broad, multinational coalitions in the Americas: This is not to call for unilateralism or a…

Tradtional Advertising, Non-tradtional Brands: Colombia’s Ministry of Defense and The Government of Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli

Colombian Government Spends Money to Talk to FARC Rebels Advertising Age, a leading trade in the advertising industry, published a story on its front page during the week…