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Calling a Coup a Coup

Tuesday, November 3, 2009  |  Christopher Sabatini  |

"Allowing a government that came to power through unconstitutional means to ride out an interim period to the next election and then transfer power would set a perilous precedent," write AS/COA's Christopher Sabatini and AQ blogger Daniel Altschuler. "The [power sharing] deal struck last week offers a responsible, democratic exit from the four-month political crisis in Honduras." ... Read More

Congressional Testimony: Iran in the Western Hemisphere

Tuesday, October 27, 2009  |  Eric Farnsworth

"Countries where democracy is weak...have proven, time and time again, to be the most likely portals through which unhelpful influences such as Iran are introduced into the region," explained COA's Vice President Eric Farnsorth in testimony to U.S. Congress. ... Read More

The Honduran Half Step

Monday, October 19, 2009  |  Carin Zissis

Negotiators for deposed Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya and the interim government continue the slow march toward ending the political standoff. The two sides have exchanged proposals to resolve the sticky question of Zelaya's return to power. Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking down to November presidential elections. ... Read More

Role-Playing in the Honduran Crisis

Friday, September 25, 2009  |  Carin Zissis

The surprise return of deposed leader Manuel Zelaya to Honduras on September 21 sparked a tense—and at times violent—period in the Central American country. With the outcome in doubt inside the country, AS/COA takes a look at the roles of external actors seeking to resolve the crisis. ... Read More