Post-UNGASS 2016: Latin America and Drug Policy Perspectives

Post-UNGASS 2016: Latin America and Drug Policy Perspectives

In April 2016, the third Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the world drug problem took place in New York (also known as UNGASS 2016). The meeting was held as an answer to the call of a group of Latin American countries – Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico – to rethink and to… Read more »

President Macri’s perilous gambit

President Macri’s perilous gambit

The United States and Argentina share some common features. The most significant in terms of civil-military relations and defense-security separation is that since the return of democracy to Argentina in 1983 the country has adopted a system very similar to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by which the Department of Defense is prevented from… Read more »

UNGASS 2016: from opportunity to opportunism

UNGASS 2016: from opportunity to opportunism

According to the Real Academia Española dictionary, opportunity is understood as the existence of “appropriate circumstances” while opportunism refers to taking advantage of such circumstances to obtain “the greatest possible benefit”. The recent (April 19-21) third United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) promised to be a propicious opportunity to rethink and reorientate… Read more »

¿Y si Europa nos lleva a nuestra integración?

¿Y si Europa nos lleva a nuestra integración?

Estamos a punto de iniciar un proceso muy importante para configurar una integración casi completa de América Latina y el Caribe con la Unión Europea. Y ello, aunque parezca inesperado, podría crear las condiciones para un acuerdo muy amplio de integración latinoamericana, teniendo como base lo que concordemos con Europa. ¿Dónde están las claves para… Read more »

Por una política exterior no dogmática

Por una política exterior no dogmática

Mientras se va perfilando la orientación y el contenido de la política exterior del nuevo gobierno, ya se adelantan algunos análisis de sus principales rasgos como resultado de las afirmaciones del presidente Mauricio Macri; de los temas sobresalientes en el discurso oficial; de los nombramientos (funcionarios y embajadores) del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores; de las… Read more »

A faceta externa do novo governo argentino

A faceta externa do novo governo argentino

O momento na Argentina é de expectativa de que haverá mudanças expressivas em suas frentes interna e externa. As sinalizações emitidas pelo presidente eleito, Mauricio Macri, e sua equipe são de que se buscará colocar o país num trilho de resultados, mais do que de ideais. Não se escuta por parte dos futuros governantes nomes… Read more »

Latin America, China and USA: the developing of a new route map

Latin America, China and USA: the developing of a new route map

In the near future, the relations among country-continents—such as the United States, China or Russia—with regional blocks that are able to speak with a single voice will become more important. Facing this new reality represents a challenge for countries in Latin-America and the Caribbean, which must balance, on one side, the interests of their own… Read more »

After Paris: stop declaring more wars

After Paris: stop declaring more wars

In the wake of the atrocious terrorist acts in Paris on 13 November, Francois Hollande declared “war“ on the Islamic State. The French president has received widespread support across Europe for this stance. It seems that both country and continent are forgetting their previous history with terrorism and instead rehearsing the explicit American model of… Read more »

Picos de pasión y tensión con EE.UU.

Picos de pasión y tensión con EE.UU.

Es probable que la acusación de proteger al ex espía Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso sea el último conflicto de la etapa kirchnerista con Estados Unidos creado o exacerbado inútilmente desde Buenos Aires. Acaso el eslabón postrero y dislocado de una relación signada por una creciente distancia. A excepción de sus primeros trece meses de gobierno, los… Read more »

Peace in Colombia, Democracy in Venezuela

Peace in Colombia, Democracy in Venezuela

Even though they face two different national dilemmas, the dual fates of peace in Colombia and democracy in Venezuela are becoming increasingly intertwined. Years of official tensions between Caracas and Bogotá followed allegations that Venezuela was harboring Colombian guerillas. Notwithstanding, over the last part of his third presidency, Hugo Chávez played a significant role in… Read more »