In Paraguay, Politicians Await the U.S.’s Next Move

By Benjamin N. Gedan

After Treasury Department sanctions against high-ranking politicians for alleged “significant corruption,” what could be next?

ASUNCIÓN – The U.S. ambassador to Paraguay, Marc Ostfield, is getting ready to inaugurate a new embassy building on a 14-acre diplomatic compound a stone’s throw from the country’s presidential residence. But he hardly needs a ribbon-cutting ceremony to get the attention of Paraguayans. That’s because a set of announcements over the past year by Ostfield have made waves across the country. In July, the State Department accused former President Horacio Cartes (2013-18), who is also the country’s most prominent businessman, of involvement in “significant corruption.” In...

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