- CommentaryJul 14, 2015
Seventeen months ago, I penned an op-ed celebrating Mexico’s capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Gúzman, the world’s most wanted drug kingpin.
In the interim, El Chapo was imprisoned in Altiplano, Mexico’s highest-security prison.
And last Saturday, El Chapo escaped.
- Critical QuestionsJul 7, 2015
On July 1, the Obama Administration announced that, following a period of congressional review, the United States and Cuba would reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, respectively, for the first time since diplomatic ties were severed at the height of the Cold War.
- CommentaryJul 1, 2015
In January 1961, President Eisenhower formally severed diplomatic relations with Fidel Castro’s Cuba, shuttering the U.S. embassy in Havana. Earlier today, President Obama announced that later this summer, embassies would reopen in Washington and Havana, marking the formal reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
- CommentaryJun 29, 2015
On June 30, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Obama.
- CommentaryJun 24, 2015
Nearly six months into her second term, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is facing a daunting moment.
- CommentaryJun 19, 2015
Last weekend, a picture surfaced of Thomas Shannon, counselor to the U.S. secretary of state, meeting with Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s National Assembly and the country’s number two political figure.
- Critical QuestionsJun 2, 2015
Last week, Brazil’s Minister of State for Science, Technology, and Innovation Aldo Rebelo traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of the preparation for President Dilma Rousseff’s upcoming visit in late June.
- CommentaryMay 19, 2015
On May 18, the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. prosecutors are in the process of investigating a number of high-up Venezuelan officials for their alleged involvement in turning Venezuela into a cocaine-trafficking and money-laundering hub.
- CommentaryMay 13, 2015
On Wednesday (May 13), the Senate reached a deal to take up a new bill to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or so-called “fast track” – just one day after the TPA bill was all but labeled dead after a Democratic filibuster.
- CommentaryApr 14, 2015
Today (April 14), President Obama announced that Cuba would no longer be listed among state sponsors of terrorism. Perhaps the biggest change since the two countries announced their normalization process last December, this move is momentous—both in substance and in symbolism.