Category: United States

Mexico, Protectionism, and the Automotive Industry – Brazil edition

The news of Ford’s recent announcement that it would withdraw investment in a $1.6 billion factory in San Luis Potosi and would invest $700 million in a factory…

misLEDEing

Hopefully  The Daily Show or Colbert Report will pick up on this one. I took a picture of this headline during Sunday afternoon cable news network programming: The…

Colombia on the International Stage

Today, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos travels to Havana to meet with Cuban officials and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, currently convalescing in a Havana hospital. This hastily planned…

US households becoming more Latin American?

A major narrative in the US media (CNN, NYT, MSNBC, WaPo, just to name a few) these days is that of the ‘Lost Generation’, i.e. those recent college…

The United States and the Wealth Gap

A Reuters analysis, “In debt row, hints of emerging-economy crisis”, highlights the point that the United States’ current debt ceiling stalemate, brought on by highly factionalized political camps,…

The Peso Paradox

One of the more troubling signs of financial difficulties in Argentina has been the recent news that the government has fined economists for publishing inflation rates that do…

US-LatAm Relations

My apologies in advance: the last thing the world needs is another blog post on US-Latin American relations. With that out of the way, there really are some…

Far-Reaching Demonstrations Against AZ Law

How divisive is Senate Bill 1070? There was a universal rejection of the law by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), as well as protests on both…

Scare Tactics in Colombian Presidential Elections

Soft on Terrorism. The well-worn phrase is one that the US public has grown accustomed to. Like nationalism, it is a tactic that political campaigners use in attempts…

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…

Interpol, the US, and Brazil

Brazil and the United States have had a troubled relationship in the past year, between a bitter trade feud, a high profile child abduction case, and currently, disagreements…

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…

Paraguay’s Anti-Terrorist Group and the US

On 4 November 2009, the United States announced they would donate US$1.39 million in equipment towards the formation of an elite unit of highly trained troops in the…

Russia, Bolivia, and the new US model

On a recent trip to Moscow in May 2009, Bolivia’s Viceminister of Foreign Affairs Hugo Fernández Araoz said that Bolivia would be making a multimilliondollar arms and transportation…

US-Brazil relations

While much of the media attention in the following days is sure to focus on Obama’s appointment of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina woman to join the Supreme Court,…

Para Votar Obama

In an occasion not unfamiliar to your average twenty-something, I received an email the other day (prior, I should note, to the Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont…

Barack, Hillary, and the Latino Vote

A bit of a depature from the obstensible subject matter of this blog, but of interest I imagine to potential readers as well. I’ve just turned off tonight’s…