Security and Defense News

Thoughts on Strategy from a Career Ambassador

Sep 05, 2012
Both Washington and Beijing consider good bilateral relations of vital importance. But their growing strategic rivalry has the potential to evolve into mutual antagonism. The hard reality is that China and the United States will not be able to lessen strategic mistrust unless and until they are prepared to address a central question: is there an array of military deployments and normal operations that will permit China to defend its core interests while allowing America to continue fully to meet its defense responsibilities in the region and protect vital U.S. interests?

Latin American Program in the News: Time is right, but past failures haunt Colombia peace talks

Aug 30, 2012
Santos has made ending the conflict a goal of his administration, and the challenge has been operating under conditions that are conducive for meaningful talks and not for a charade.

Latin American Program in the News: Is Colombia's conflict coming to an end?

Aug 30, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson was invited onto Al-Jazeera to discuss the negotiations with FARC insurgents begun by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Latin American Program in the News: Assange Asylum Wins Correa Anti-U.S. Cachet As Trade To Suffer

Aug 28, 2012
Ecuadorian President Correa’s decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange is bringing his country’s relationship with the U.S. (its top trading partner) to a new low.

Latin American Program in the News: Protecting Julian Assange: What’s in it for Ecuador?

Aug 24, 2012
Director Cynthia J. Arnson discusses why she thinks Rafael Correa has been so protective of Assange.

U.S. Drought, Climate Change Could Lead to More Food Crises

Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.

Latin American Program in the News: Central American peace accord celebrates 25 years, but has it brought peace?

Aug 09, 2012
Twenty-five years have passed since the Esquipulas peace agreement signing, which ended political turmoil but did not lead to peaceful societies.

Latin American Program in the News: As Central America heads towards lawlessness a new drug strategy is needed

Aug 02, 2012
The growing drug problem has brought increased attention to Central America. A change in U.S. policy is necessary to help the region, and with such change there is potential to reduce the problem.

Latin American Program in the News: OEA presencia desarme de pandillas en El Salvador

Jul 31, 2012
The largest gangs in El Salvador, Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18, have asked for the help of the Organization of American States in the peace process.

Latin American Program in the News: White House says Colombia not leader in cocaine

Jul 31, 2012
The White House Office on National Drug Control Policy said that Colombia is no longer the largest producer of cocaine in the world. Peru and Bolivia produced more cocaine in 2011 than Colombia.

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