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Merida 2.0: A New Phase in U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

Responding to a growing sense that an exclusive focus on a military-led fight against drug trafficking organizations is failing to curb violence on the other side of our southern border, the United States and Mexico formally announced a shift in their counternarcotics strategy that had been in the works since the fall of 2009. The “new stage” in bilateral cooperation will aim to strengthen civilian law enforcement institutions and rebuild communities crippled by poverty and crime.

Revisiting an Old Flame: Bolivia adopts Revolutionary Slogan

Via presidential order, the Bolivian army’s new slogan is “Patria o muerte, venceremos!” (Fatherland or death, we shall overcome!), adopted from early revolutionary Cuba and the iconic Argentine…

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…

Brazil’s Tax and Debt Burden

Brazil is in bloom, economically speaking, and the international media has stirred up a frenzy of excitement about the robust and ever-expanding Brazilian economy. But as I’ve written…

Brazil’s nuclear initiatives: what should be done about them?

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim recently declared that he is against additional inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and restrictions regarding selling uranium to other countries,…

The point(lessness) of defining the LA Left (and Right)

What need is there for defining concepts like Left and Right in a region dominated by the ongoing dual transition to markets and liberal democracy—pace the rise of…

Early Election Results

Colombians awoke this morning to a host of new senators and members of the Chamber of Representatives and Andean Parliament. . The winner of the hotly-contested  consulta interna…

How Will Colombians Vote This Sunday?

In the Americas Quarterly blog I explain that most Colombians won’t vote this Sunday. Of those who will vote, about a tenth of them will mistakenly submit invalid…

Venezuelan-Colombian Relations at World Politics Review

Diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela have been at the front lines since a Spanish judge accused Venezuela of assisting FARC rebels on March 1, two years to…

How To Vote in Colombia

Voting in Colombia can be confusing, so I have created a 5-minute video that explains in Spanish in simple terms how to vote this March. Please share with…

Why Not Being Disliked is as Powerful as Being Liked

I recently wrote an article for the Americas Quarterly blog in which I argued that in Colombia’s second round of elections for the presidency not being disliked may…

Disheartening Aspects of Colombia’s Congressional Elections

Some things may be comical when you see them in movies, yet somewhat worrying when they are part of the democracy you count on. Such is the case…

Beyond Playa del Carmen: Tourism and Diplomacy in Ecuador and Colombia

Last week’s Rio Summit between high ranking dignitaries of the Americas – The United States and Canada conspicuously excluded – produced a number of notable events: The announcement…

Election Season in Colombia

The Constitutional Court’s ruling last night blocking the possibility of President Uribe’s reelection lifted a weight off the country’s shoulders. Even Uribe, who found out about the Court’s decision through…

Investigative Journalism in Colombia

Many of our readers are likely already aware of last week’s announcement of the end of Cambio, perhaps Colombia’s most important source for investigative journalism. While the Casa…

33 in Haiti are tip of insidious iceberg

One of the most horrific stories from the Haiti earthquake that has captured the public’s attention was the arrest of 10 American nationals for attempting to smuggle 33…

Venezuelan Influence in Nicaraguan Media

Another opposition media outlet has fallen. And it’s not in Venezuela. Albanisa, a Venezuelan-owned conglomerate that controls below market-value Venezuelan oil imports in Nicaragua and has business ties…

The Creative Nexus of Beer Branding and Nationalism: Quilmes’ Places Campaign

A friend recently drew my attention to a new advertising campaign from Quilmes, one of Argentina’s leading beer brands. The beer derives its name from the town where…

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…