U.S. Politics News

Latin American Program in the News: Guest post, defending the IBSA model

May 01, 2013
Daniel Kurtz-Phelan published this article in the Financial Times’ blog Beyond BRICS. Kurtz-Phelan talked about the rising importance of the emerging countries at a global scale. This article is based on a longer article to be published in the Spring 2013 Americas Quarterly, titled Latin America Goes Global.

Obama's Syria Dilemma

Apr 30, 2013
President Obama is now faced with a dilemma: Defending his red line could undermine his carefully crafted strategy of steering clear of direct military involvement in the Syria crisis. Aaron David Miller notes several points the president should keep in mind as he grapples with this conundrum.

Latin American Program in the News: U.S. officials await signal from new Mexican government on security ties

Apr 29, 2013
Associate Director Eric Olson commented on the future security cooperation between Mexico and the U.S. on the occasion of the Obama trip to that country this week.

Latin American Program in the News: "Zar" antidrogas EEUU: Legalización drogas es una "distracción"

Apr 29, 2013
Gil Kerlikowske’s comments on the legalization of drugs were quoted in this piece. Kerlikowske participated in the National Conversation: “Drug Policy: A 21st Century Approach to Reform” held at the Wilson Center. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: Propuesta de legalizar drogas es "distracción", dice zar antridrogas de EEUU

Apr 29, 2013
Gil Kerlikowske’s comments on the legalization of drugs were quoted in this article. Kerlikowske participated in the National Conversation: “Drug Policy: A 21st Century Approach to Reform” held at the Wilson Center. (In Spanish)
John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

Why John Kerry Could be a Better Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton

Apr 26, 2013
Aaron David Miller writes that John Kerry may prove to be a more successful U.S. Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton.

Latin American Program in the News: What did Chavez leave for Maduro

Apr 26, 2013
This article mentioned the Cynthia Arnson’s piece on Venezuela published on PBS. “The economy in Venezuela cannot afford anymore the government working as in the Chavez period. Maduro needs to make adjustments in economic policies, especially improving the productive efficiency in the Department of Petroleum,” starts the article in Chinese. (In Chinese)

Latin American Program in the News: As Colombian Drug Gangs Collapse, Mexican Cartels Get Tons of Cheap Coke

Apr 26, 2013
Fellow Daniel Rico remarks on the increased competition between Colombia's Bacrim as the suppliers of cocaine and the strengthening of Mexican cartels were as buyers and traffickers of illicit substances into the United States.

Keeping the Lights On: Cyber Threats and the North American Power Grid

Apr 25, 2013
Attempted cyber attacks on critical infrastructure occur daily throughout the world. And the job of protecting critical infrastructure from potentially catastrophic disruptions is a 24-7 undertaking. Leading cyber security expert Mark Fabro discusses the U.S. and Canadian efforts to protect the North American power grid.

A Brief History of Congressional Reform Efforts

Apr 22, 2013
Congress has undergone many changes since World War II, most of which have had to do with adapting to the complexities of modern society and the commensurate growth in the Executive Branch bureaucracy and powers of the presidency. The first major post War reform efforts begun in 1945 and 1965 were premised on the belief that any institutional changes should be bicameral and bipartisan. Consequently, joint committees of equal party and chamber representation were formed to conduct a comprehensive study of the organization and operations of Congress with a view to strengthening it...

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