Category Archives: Latin American-U.S. Relations

Talking about Brazil’s Political Situation (with Bonus US-Cuba Relations Discusion)

I recently talked with Robert Farley on Foreign Entanglements about the Brazilian political crisis, and possible outcomes (along with some additional conversation on Obama’s trip to Latin America last week). You can see the whole thing here.  

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Latin American Politics, Latin American-U.S. Relations, United States | 1 Comment

Curiouser and Curiouser

Venezuela expels the US Air Force attaché after suggesting that Chávez’s cancer was the result of “enemies” inflicting him (even while questions of governance and reforms beyond Chávez remain on the sidelines). Ch. This isn’t the first time that Chávez or … Continue reading

Posted in Latin American Politics, Latin American-U.S. Relations, United States, Venezuela

On This Date in Latin America – January 1, 1994: NAFTA Goes into Effect/The EZLN Emerges in Mexico

Nineteen years ago today, the neoliberal North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, and in response, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional  (Zapatista National Liberation Army; EZLN), a group of rural indigenous peoples and leftist intellectuals, rose up, using the internet … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, Economics in the Americas, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Economies, Latin American History, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Mexico, Neoliberalism, North America, On This Date in Latin America, United States

Latin American Responses to Obama’s Re-Election

In the week since the US re-elected Obama, analysts and specialists have stepped back to look at what his re-election might mean for Latin America. Eric Farnsworth has a piece up on the top 10 policy matters facing US-Latin American relations … Continue reading

Posted in Latin America, Latin American-U.S. Relations

Today in Unrealistic and Ridiculous Views on US-Latin American Relations

I’ve been critical of previous iterations of Mitt Romney’s views on Latin America, but Greg Weeks points us to a Romney surrogate’s views of Latin America and US foreign policy. Suffice to say, it’s pretty terrible. Among other things, it … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy in the Americas, Latin America, Latin American-U.S. Relations

Well, That’s a Selective Reading of History Right There

Back in June, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia announced they would no longer be accepting fiscal or institutional aid from the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, a program begun in 1961 under John F. Kennedy as a means … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy in the Americas, Development in Latin America, Human Rights Violations, Latin America, Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American History, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Military Dictatorships

Two September 11ths

Being in Chile for September 11th, especially this year, is moving. On a personal note, I am conducting research for my dissertation, which investigates how political prisoners and their families rebuilt their lives in the aftermath of the political violence … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Chile, Coups in Latin America, Democracy in the Americas, Education in the Americas, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Latin America, Latin American History, Latin American Politics, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Memory Struggles, Military Dictatorships, Police Violence, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements, Student Movements, The "Disappeared", Torture, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,

Paraguay in the International Arena

Paraguay’s isolation in the international community continues to take curious turns as Paraguayan politicians and diplomats try to shape the direction of the country in the wake of Fernando Lugo’s removal. Federico Franco, the man who assumed the presidency after … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Coups in Latin America, Impeachment, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Politics, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Legal Issues in Latin America, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay, United States

Why “US Imperialism” Is an Inadequate Explanation for the Impeachment of Fernando Lugo

The AP ran a story this weekend on the US’s neutrality regarding the impeachment of Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo. The closest the US has come to making a statement since Paraguay’s Congress removed Lugo three weeks ago was to say … Continue reading

Posted in Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American Politics, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Paraguay, United States

Around Latin America

-The latest polls suggest that on Sunday, barring some extreme occurrence, Enrique Peña Nieto will indeed become the next president of Mexico, marking the return of the PRI to power 12 years after Vicente Fox broke the party’s 70+ year … Continue reading

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