Report on Inter-Agency Transformation of U.S. Southern Command

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 11:55

House Armed Services Committee Report 110-652 on the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act included a requirement for the Secretary of Defense to submit a written response to eight concerns the Committee had on the efforts of SOUTHCOM to transform itself. This report was due by July 31, 2008, yet we were just able to get a copy of it (PDF).


Revisiting the U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 15:46

Discussion surrounding the U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement resurfaced this week in the news and in Washington after President Obama asked U.S.


The Summit of the Americas

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 04/20/2009 - 12:42

The long-awaited Summit of the Americas came to a close yesterday in Trinidad and Tobago, with only one of the 34 heads of state signing the Final Declaration. Despite a failure to unanimously agree on a final declaration for the Summit, however, an overwhelming consensus has deemed the weekend's meeting of democratically elected heads of state from the Western Hemisphere a success.


President Obama's changes to U.S.-Cuba policy

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 13:50

The Obama administration's announced changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba have dominated today's headlines. Jonathan Keyser, an intern with the Center for International Policy's Cuba Program, offers this analysis. Yesterday, the Obama administration announced its decision to remove all travel and remittance restrictions for Cuban Americans.


Ecuador's Humanitarian Emergency: The Spillover of Colombia's Conflict

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 14:10

Download the report: (PDF, 1.1 MB) Over the past nine years, an estimated 300,000 Colombian refugees have crossed their country's border with Ecuador, fleeing persecution, threats, disappearances, murders and deliberate displacement by the parties to Colombia's long conflict. In November 2008, staff from the Center for International Policy accompanied Rep.


Mexican Navy to Participate in First Joint Exercise with U.S.

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 14:02

In a press conference yesterday with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed that for the first time, the Mexican military is going to take part in a joint military exercise with the United States.


El Salvador Extends Forward Operating Location Agreement with U.S.

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 04/06/2009 - 13:59

Last week, the Government of El Salvador extended its agreement with the United States to allow U.S. anti-narcotics aircraft to operate out of the Salvadoran Air Force base at Comalapa for five more years. Since March 2000, the United States has used the Comalapa Air Force base as a Forward Operating Location (FOL) - the same arrangement as the Manta Air Base in Ecuador, which U.S.


Secretary Clinton's Remarks on U.S-Mexico Security Cooperation

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 12:45

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spent the past two days in Mexico at the invitation of Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa. After her meeting with Foreign Minister Espinosa and President Felipe Calderón yesterday, Secretary Clinton attended a press conference with the Foreign Minister.


Obama Administration Unveils Border Security Policy on Eve of Secretary Clinton's Trip to Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 13:59

Tomorrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Mexico to meet with President Felipe Calderón and other top Mexican officials. And most likely, she will be taking with her the new Obama Administration plan for security on the U.S-Mexico border, which was unveiled today.


Mexico is focus of Armed Service Committee Hearing

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 13:57

On March 17, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing to receive testimony on U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Transportation Command. Although it was a general hearing about all of the Commands, Committee members expressed their growing concern about the alarming violence on the Mexican border and had specific questions for Admiral Jim Stavridis [PDF] , U.S.