Aunque quizás sea justificada por los trágicos sucesos en Siria, la decisión del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump de no asistir a la Cumbre de las Américas, que inicia el 13 de abril en Lima, fue desalentadora para los líderes de América Latina y el Caribe. Es probable que la perciban como la confirmación de la prolongada indiferencia de Trump hacia la región. Su discurso provocador y políticas erráticas ya han enturbiado las relaciones interamericanas y han dejado inquietos a los mandatarios del continente.
Algunas decisiones de la Casa Blanca han sido criticadas como abiertamente hostiles con América Latina, como la orden de enviar tropas de la Guardia Nacional a la frontera con México y la cancelación de programas que protegen de la deportación a millones de inmigrantes.… Seguir leyendo »
When President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left office in January 2011, Brazil was widely regarded as Latin America’s gold standard for economic development and social progress. But today, with his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, facing an impeachment trial, the country is viewed as an economic failure.
But the problem is not with the objectives, or design, of Lula’s policies. It has been with their management and implementation.
Lula was lauded for policies and programs that accelerated national growth, kept inflation and debt in check, reduced poverty and inequality, and greatly expanded the middle class. Few other Latin American nations had ever achieved Brazil’s heady combination of robust growth and social advance.… Seguir leyendo »
The United States’ take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest country in the region, has been the first, however, to openly rebel. It is expected soon to be the only nation to legalize the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana on a national scale.
President Obama has said on several occasions that «legalization is not the answer.» At an Organization of American States meeting this year, White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske rejected legalization as a «bumper-sticker approach.»
But there is not much the administration can do about Uruguay’s move.… Seguir leyendo »
Brazil’srising stature and influence will be on display when President Dilma Rousseff arrives in Washington this week — as it was when President Obama visited Brazil one year ago, accompanied by his top economic advisors, including several Cabinet members, and about 50 chief executives from the largest U.S. companies. The conundrum that faces the two governments is how to turn what both agree is a critical relationship into a productive and cooperative one.
Brazilians and Americans talk a great deal about the desirability of a «strategic» relationship between their countries, but neither does much to achieve it.
The economic benefits should be obvious.… Seguir leyendo »