Will Colombia be the next free trade victim?

Free trade agreement (FTA) fever is again gripping Washington in the wake of yesterday’s unofficial news that negotiations on the long-proposed deal with Colombia had been completed for the second time. The Bush administration actually announced that it had completed negotiations for an FTA with Colombia in 2007. But the Colombian habit of assassinating inconvenient … Continue lendo

Think Again: Latin America

America’s backyard is no longer an afterthought — or Washington’s to claim. BY MAURICIO CÁRDENAS | MARCH 17, 2011 “There’s no reason for Obama to be going to Latin America now.” On the contrary. Former U.S. President Richard Nixon once famously told the young Donald Rumsfeld that “people don’t give one damn about Latin America … Continue lendo

Obama in Brazil: Another ‘present at the creation 2.0’ opportunity

President Obama will head to Latin America next week. If the government doesn’t shut down, that is. He’s taking the wife and kids. He might as well. At least there will be someone he can talk to about the trip who — barring some calamity — will be more interested than the mainstream U.S. media … Continue lendo

The West’s war in Afghanistan increasingly resembles the Soviet Union’s

The war in Afghanistan is not going well. A young president wants to pull out, but is boxed in by his generals. In Kabul, a corrupt, nominally democratic leader is losing his grip on power. A surge of ground troops has begun. The year is 1985. It was 25 years ago that the Soviet Union … Continue lendo

Don’t Hate on Davos

This year is my 10th trudge up the “Magic Mountain” to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I’m not Dmitry Medvedev, Bill Gates, or Jamie Dimon — all of whom were visible in the Congress Center corridors today — but like them, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t worthwhile. … Continue lendo

Why are so many South American countries recognizing the Palestinian state?

The Palestinian foreign ministry has announced that in the coming months, Chile and Paraguay will join the growing number of countries in Latin America recognizing a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.  Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Ecuador and Venezuela have all announced support for a Palestinian state in rapid succession in the last month. The … Continue lendo

Why is the Tea Party terrible for Latin America

The recent midterm election in the United States didn’t just put the Republican Party in a greater position of influence over U.S. domestic policy — it also gave a small section of southern Florida significant power over the country’s diplomacy toward Latin America. The new Congress’s influential House Committee on Foreign Affairs will likely be … Continue lendo

India Rising – A Foreign Police Special Report

From the economy to Afghanistan to grand strategy, six looks at an emerging superpower. NOVEMBER 5, 2010 It’s been a tough week for Barack Obama, who is reeling from a crushing midterm election defeat, yet more bad economic news, and a domestic agenda under assault. No doubt the U.S. president is thrilled to be leaving … Continue lendo

A New Ottoman Empire? – All Roads Lead to Istambul

ANKARA, Turkey – It’s great to be Turkey just now. The economy, barely scathed by the global recession, grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, and 10.3 percent in the second.  Like the Ottoman Empire reborn, Turkey has sponsored a visa-free zone with Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, and is moving toward creating … Continue lendo

Global Aging

A gray tsunami is sweeping the planet — and not just in the places you expect. How did the world get so old, so fast? BY PHILLIP LONGMAN | NOVEMBER 2010 “The World Faces a Population Bomb.” Yes, but of old people. Not so long ago, we were warned that rising global population would inevitably … Continue lendo