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October 11, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Frankenstein in Havana

April 12, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Venezuela After Chávez

March 27, 2013 |

The Falklands: Small Islands, Big Questions

January 30, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Cuba's Tortured Transition

December 6, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

It's the Culture, Stupid

October 11, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

The Economic Future Of Venezuela

March 18, 2011 | Christian Science Monitor

Cultural values, not dictators like Libya's Qaddafi, are chief obstacle to Arab progress

Relentless revolt against repression has been upending much of the Arab world. Tunisia is already into its second new leader in two months...
September 28, 2009 | Forbes

Understanding The Mess In Honduras

For the past three months most of the world has marched in lock-step behind Manuel Zelaya's demand to be reinstated as the president of Honduras...

July 16, 2009 | Independent Institute

OAS Adopts Banana Republic Policies

The Organization of American States (OAS) grabbed headlines on June 28 when it became the international point-organization for dealing with the “coup” in Honduras that ousted President Manuel Zelaya...

July 18, 2009 | Los Angeles Times

The Honduran coup that wasn't

We have heard a lot about Honduras lately, but there is much more at issue than the nighttime removal of President Manuel Zelaya...

July 1, 2009 | National Bureau of Asian Research (WA)

Book reviews – Asia Policy 8: China on a Roll in Latin America, so Who Cares?

A review of Riordan Roett and Guadalupe Paz, eds., China´s Expansion into the Western Hemisphere: Implications for Latin America and the United States...

June 22, 2009 | Independent Institute

A Realistic Postmortem on China’s Tiananmen

Some pundits have taken to calling the violent military repression of post-election protesters in Iran a “Tehran Tiananmen.”...

May 7, 2009 | Independent Institute

Why and How to Lift the US Embargo on Cuba

Most Latin American leaders slammed the 47-year-old U.S. embargo of Cuba at the mid-April Summit of the Americas in Trinidad...

April 15, 2009 | Los Angeles Times

Open the door to Cuba

Fidel Castro wasn't invited to the Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad and Tobago this week, but he may be able to dominate it nonetheless and humiliate the United States for its globally rejected policy toward Cuba...

April 2, 2009 | Jamestown Foundation

Is a “Win-Win” Relationship in the Cards for China and Mexico?

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) says it places high priority on making Mexico an important link in its widely publicized “win-win” expansion into Latin America...

February 16, 2009 | Weekly Standard

The Boy from Brazil

Just two decades ago Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was unknown, or distinctly unwelcome, in most Brazilian and American homes...

November 26, 2008 | Wall Street Journal Asia

China's Latin American Tango

Last week Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged that China will make a "concerted effort" to "establish a comprehensive cooperative partnership of equality, mutual benefit and common development" with Latin America, according to China's Xinhua news agency...

November 11, 2008 | Far Eastern Economic Review

Vietnam's War With Progress

Vietnam today is in many respects “the darling of foreign investors and multinationals,” or at least that’s how the Economist magazine put it in a special report earlier this year...

June 9, 2008 | Washington Times

Giving Colombia a chance

The death of one of Latin America's top guerrilla leaders, Colombia's Manuel "Sureshot" Marulanda, who died last month of a heart attack at age 77, increases the chances for peace and stability in the region...

May 31, 2008 | Asia Times

The makings of a China-Latin love affair

The explosive growth of China's links to Latin America in recent years are but the latest developments in a history that reaches back to the Spanish colonial empire in the early-16th century...

May 21, 2008 | China Brief, Jamestown Foundation

An Assessment of China's Deepening Ties to Latin America

The explosive growth of China’s links to Latin America in recent years are but the latest developments in a history that reaches back to the Spanish colonial empire in the early-16th century...

March 7, 2008 | Los Angeles Times

Threat in the Andes

There hasn't been a really good war in Latin America for many years, but a couple of Andean ideological hotheads are threatening to change that, as Venezuela and Ecuador mobilize troops at their borders with Colombia...

December 6, 2007 | Providence Journal

U.S. Blows It Again on Cuba

Not long ago, for the 16th year in a row, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly condemned the U.S. embargo on Cuba...

November 24, 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Venezuela's path to self-destruction

On Dec. 2, Venezuelans will be asked to vote on a whopping 69 constitutional amendments that would greatly reduce the country's democratic governance, strip citizens of still more individual liberties and thus expand President Hugo Chavez's power even beyond what it is today...

October 9, 2007 | Independent Institute

Che is the “Patron Saint” of Warfare

As I walked toward the grandiose Basilica of Saint Francis in this ancient city, I saw a familiar face at a souvenir stall on my left...

July 11, 2007 | La Nacion (Argentina)

Un acuerdo realista sobre las Malvinas

El 25º aniversario del fin de una guerra trágica es un momento oportuno para lamentar las pérdidas....

July 3, 2007 | American Chronicle

The Return of Fidel Castro and Post-Fidel Cuba

We finally have tolerably good evidence that Fidel Castro is really alive and at least to some degree recuperating after ten months and several surgeries...

July 1, 2007 | International Herald Tribune

Everyone wins from a compromise

Twenty-five years ago, two nations a third of the world apart concluded one of history's most foolish wars in one of the most isolated regions on earth....

June 22, 2007 | Independent Institute

The Return of Fidel Castro and Post-Fidel Cuba

We finally have tolerably good evidence that Fidel Castro is really alive and at least to some degree recuperating after ten months and several surgeries...

April 30, 2007 | National Interest Online

Confronting Chavismo in Latin America

What a spectacle it was last March to see Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez chasing President George W. Bush up the length of Latin America, from Buenos Aires to Port-au-Prince, shouting challenges and insults at the American leader...

March 31, 2007 | International Affairs Forum

Is Hugo Chavez a threat to stability?

Earlier this month George Bush and Hugo Chavez, between them, shuttled through ten Latin American countries, large and small...

March 21, 2007 | Independent Institute

Beware Chavez’s Ancient “Twenty-first Century Socialism”

Gilbert and Sullivan could have written a brilliant comic opera about last month’s spectacle of Hugo Chavez chasing George Bush around Latin America from south to north, shouting all the way...

March 7, 2007 | National Interest

Bush’s Chavez Challenge

Only the most ungrounded of observers would expect George W. Bush to obtain during his first serious presidential trip to Latin American—which begins tomorrow—the achievements his father made in the region 17 years ago...

March 4, 2007 | San Francisco Chronicle

George Bush heads south

This week, President Bush will make one of the most important trips of his presidency to five Latin American countries...

December 18, 2006 | Independent Institute

Chavez and the Fascist Left in Latin America

In early December Hugo Chavez, the heir apparent of Fidel Castro’s half-century campaign to undermine the United States and promote “socialism” in the Americas, was handily re-elected president of Venezuela...

December 16, 2006 | Globe and Mail (Canada)

Pinochet's legacy

General Augusto Pinochet, whose death last week in Chile incited hundreds of thousands to public cheers and tears, was as polarizing a personality as Osama bin Laden...

December 7, 2006 | National Interest Online

Hugo Chavez, More Caudillo than Leftist

The recently reelected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is widely seen as part of the potentially dangerous surge of the left in the region...

December 5, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

In Latin America, the challenge is pragmatism

The knee-jerk question about Latin America these days is whether the region is "turning left"...

August 28, 2006 | Latin Business Chronicle

Raul, China, and Post-Fidel Cuba

At the beginning of August, Cuba got a new “Maximum Leader” for the first time in almost a half century...

August 25, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

Chavez Does China

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's world tour has landed him in China for the fourth time during his presidency

August 23, 2006 | Independent Institute

Raul Castro, China, and Post-Fidel Cuba

At the beginning of August, Cuba got a new “Maximum Leader” for the first time in almost a half century…

August 18, 2006 | Analitica (Venezuela)

¿Ayudará Fidel a Raúl a transformar la revolución cubana?

Fidel Castro sobrevivió la cirugía intestinal y celebró tranquilamente sus 80 años, aunque el mensaje a los cubanos es que estén preparados para malas noticias…

August 6, 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle

Change in Cuba must come from Cubans

The time has finally come for us to begin thinking of Fidel Castro in the past tense…


February 23, 2012 | China Radio International

Reforming Cuba

The island nation of Cuba is located only 90 miles from the United States. But under decades of intense sanctions and embargoes from the United States, the nation's economy has struggled...

Other Media

September 15, 2008 | Latin Business Chronicle

Asia-Latin Trade Q&A

Will Latin America’s trade and business with Asia continue to grow at strong levels the next two years?...

November 20, 2006 | Latin Business Chronicle

Q & A: Milton Friedman and Latin America

What impact has Milton Friedman had on Latin America?