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Cuba No Libre

Monday, March 31, 2008  |  Americas Quarterly Spring 2008

Cuba's new President is anything but, and the much expected change in power will bring only minor modifications for Cuba's long-suffering citizens, write Gary Max and Cecilia Vaisman. Read a preview of this article appearing in a special report on Cuba in the Spring 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly. ... Read More

Argentine Inaugurations

Friday, December 7, 2007  |  Carin Zissis

South American heads of state converged in Buenos Aires Sunday for the launch of Banco del Sur, a project hatched by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The bank's birth marked Argentine head of state Nestor Kirchner's last day in office before the inauguration of his wife, Cristina. During a September AS/COA event, she discussed Argentina's economic recovery. ... Read More

Which Way for Constitutional Reform?

Thursday, December 6, 2007  |  Carin Zissis

After Venezuela's rejection of a new constitution, attention turns to other Latin American attempts at reform, particularly in Bolivia and Ecuador. Plagued by protests, Bolivia's constitutional reform remains in doubt. Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Álvarez Herrera and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador discussed constitutional reform at AS/COA events. ... Read More

Venezuelans Gear Up for Referendum

Thursday, November 29, 2007

While world attention focuses on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's war of words with Colombia and Spain, Venezuelans prepare to vote on a constitutional referendum that could allow Chavez to hold office indefinitely. Polls indicate the outcome of Sunday's vote remains uncertain. AS/COA’s Latin America Conference featured a discussion panel on the referendum. ... Read More