Looking Back: Bush's Foreign Policy Toward Latin America

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:36

Yesterday National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he looked back on the "core convictions that have formed the basis of President Bush's foreign policy - what this administration has accomplished in key regions of the world - and what opportunities and challenges await the next administration." While his reminiscence spanned everything from the war in Iraq, to Russia, to relations with Europe, Hadley also revisited President Bush's policies tow

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Body Counts and Paramilitary Ties in Colombia

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:22

Yesterday, the National Security Archive posted four declassified documents on its website showing that the U.S. government was aware since 1994 of allegations that members of the Colombian military frequently collaborated with paramilitary groups, and killed civilians to present the bodies as dead guerrillas.

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The spread of drug-related violence in Latin America

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:38

Violence in Mexico increased substantially during 2008 and it appears that the rise may continue well into 2009, as the Mexican government combats the country's powerful drug cartels. However, as pressure on narcotraffickers increases in both Mexico and Colombia, drug-related violence has seeped into many of the countries' neighbors, a topic that emerged in various media articles across the region this week.

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2008 in Review

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 14:01

Here is our list of the most significant news stories in 2008 relating to U.S. policy and security in Latin America.

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Civil-military relations roundup

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 21:06

The degree of politicization of the Armed Forces is such that in November, constant insults from a group of people forced the commander of the Armed Forces to leave a restaurant in Santa Cruz.

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A deep cut in aid to Nicaragua

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 04:42

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. government economic-aid program begun during the first years of the Bush administration. It offers several-year "contracts" of aid to countries that meet a list of good governance criteria, then submit and receive approval for aid proposals. (See our MCC aid data here.)

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Same source, different aid numbers

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 03:13

Visitors to the site occasionally ask us why the aid numbers presented here - sometimes including old numbers from past years - change from time to time. The changes are usually not drastic, a few million dollars here or there, but can be frustrating for people seeking to cite definitive numbers, for instance for publications. The answer is simple, though frustrating. The "Just the Facts" website cites only official written sources, but the sources themselves are often inconsistent. This is especially true for the Defense Department's reporting of its own aid programs.

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Barack Obama's victory as seen from Latin America

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 14:33

Praise and congratulations emanated from Latin America, in response to the historic victory of President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday. Many Latin American presidents called for a new era of relations between their country and the United States, however, others expressed doubt as to whether relations will actually change.

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What have McCain and Obama said about Latin America?

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 11:17

Less than one week remains before election day, and the end of what has felt like the longest-ever presidential campaign season. While Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain have tried to show America what a McCain or Obama Administration would look like, talk of how they will work with Latin America has been few and far between.

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Are thousands of Bolivian jobs at stake?

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 12:23

Today, a Bolivian delegation made up of prominent government officials and business leaders is in Washington. They will testify in a public hearing hosted by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) about the economic benefits of the Andean Trade Preferences and Drug Elimination Act (ATPDEA), an arrangement that gives several Bolivian products preferential access to the U.S. market.

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