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Reheating Russo-Cuban Relations

Thursday, August 7, 2008

U.S.-Russia tensions escalate over a proposed missile shield in Eastern Europe, sparking rumors that Moscow plans to station bombers in Cuba. Though the origin and veracity of the story remain unclear, Russian leaders called for renewed ties with Cuba after the countries inked a recent oil deal.  ... Read More

Dealing without Doha

Friday, August 1, 2008

WTO trade talks froze in Geneva, where booming Brazil played a central role, further strengthening its position as global player and setting the stage for a battle over U.S. ethanol tariffs. As Doha flounders, countries such as Chile and Peru step up bilateral agreements to boost international trade ties.  ... Read More

Can Democracies Change the World?

Thursday, July 31, 2008  |  Eric Farnsworth  |  Poder

In a new article for Poder magazine, COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth examines proposals by U.S. presidential candidates to create a body of democratic nations, saying, "If carefully constructed, this may be an idea whose time has come." He recommends that past examples be taken into account to avoid the mistakes and build on the successes of predecessors. ... Read More

Secretary General José Miguel Insulza on the OAS Role in the Western Hemisphere

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In an AS/COA Online interview, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza describes the role of the agency in negotiating recent border tensions between Ecuador and Colombia, autonomy and recall votes in Bolivia, and U.S.-Cuba relations. "[T]he OAS has to prove itself as the main forum for political dialogue in the Americas," said Insulza. ... Read More

IMF Managing Director Outlines Policies to Consolidate Regional Economic Growth

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  Jason Marczak

Speaking at the 38th Washington Conference on the Americas, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn called for increased private and public investment and greater productivity as key factors for sustaining recent economic growth. A rebalancing of China’s exchange rate and policies to reduce the growth in food prices will be some of the next challenges facing the region and the world. ... Read More

Spain and U.S.: Latin Partners?

Monday, March 24, 2008  |  Eric Farnsworth  |  Latin Business Chronicle

The reelection of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero offers both Spain and the United States the chance to mend ties and broaden cooperation in Latin America. Eric Farnsworth and Christian Gomez outline ways the two countries can support Latin America's standing in the global economy and democracy in the region. ... Read More