Ailana Navarez

Too much red tape can do more bad than good to developing societies. Crime and inequality can become one hefty price to pay. Photo (c) Flavia Gandolfi / Institute for Liberty and Democracy 2000

ECONOMY / SECURITY: An Economic Answer to Terrorism: Re-Visiting De Soto’s “The Other Path”

After nearly two decades in print, the fundamental pillars of Peruvian economist and ex-political adviser Hernando de Soto’s bestseller, The Other Path, continues to resonate with modern economic security affairs. His argument…

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While Mexico and Colombia take the traditional narco-trafficking spotlight, Argentina is on the quiet rise. Photo (c) Gendarmeria Nacional Argentina 2017

SECURITY: ARGENTINA: A New Narco Hub

In a nutshell, Mexican and Colombian drug cartels may occupy a narco-spotlight for the United States and Europe, yet are by no means alone. Investigative journalists Virginia Messi and Juan Manuel…


The lessons ex-Dictator Noriega's life taught about power dynamics in an era of increasing globalization are timeless...for better and for worst. Photo (c) La Opinion Panama 2011

LEADERSHIP ANALYSIS: PANAMA: General Noriega’s Death: The Closing – or Opening of a New – “Chapter in History”?

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela described former Dictator Manuel Noriega’s death following a complicated surgery at 83-years-old as the “end of a chapter in history”. Yet what the General’s life taught…



US Senator Ted Cruz's (R-TX) El Chapo Act hypothetically aims to make problems fund their solutions. Photo (c) Primera Hora 2016

US / MEXICO: Crossing Cruz: El Chapo Act’s Proposal to Alchemize Drug Violence Assets into National Security Innovation

The recent arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman reminds the world of multinational criminal fluidity and symbiosis. Narco-commercial demand originating from the United States fuels illicit activities…



PRD Secretary General  Pedro Miguel Gonzalez has tested US-Panamanian and inner party relations. What explains his continued rise?

PANAMA: Anti-US Politician Maintains Leading Political Role, Threatens US Bi-lateral Relations and Jeopardizes Upcoming Presidential Election

Two decades ago, Pedro Miguel Gonzalez assaulted an unprovoked US military vehicle during US occupancy of the Panama Canal Zone. The attack critically wounded one US serviceman and murdered another. Now, Gonzalez…


Stock market expectations about Falkland Island oil findings are increasing. And Rockhopper is not the only one involved in the business. Photo (c) Telam 2016

ISLAS MALVINAS / FALKLAND ISLANDS: “A New Oil Province?”

The British government and various multi-national stakeholders expect to – with increasing effect – extract Falkland Islands-originated crude oil and natural gas in 2017. This will cushion their abrupt energy revenue…


Many local and international entities are advocating for "peace" in Venezuela. But definitions of "peace" vary significantly. Photo (c) Globovision 2016

VENEZUELA Economic-Political Crisis: International Mediation Efforts amid Local Miscommunication and Distrust

Dialogue facilitators between the Venezuelan government and opposition have called to “stop the campaign of public disqualification” to advance the process that seeks to reverse its political and economic crisis. “We…


From former guerillas and journalists, to novela stars and models, Latin American first ladies come in all shapes, sizes and strategy emphasis, thus highlighting the multiple ways female presence and advisement have helped shaped government.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Soft Power: Latin American First Ladies in Presidential Strategy

From former guerillas and journalists, to novela stars and models, Latin American first ladies come in all shapes, sizes and strategy emphasis, thus highlighting the multiple ways female presence and…




As western media concentrates on the US firearms debate, Panama offers an also telling case study. Photo (c) Ailana Navarez ; Pulsamerica 2016 ft. ex-Deputy Yassir Purcait ; Balboa Gun Club

PANAMA: Plata, Plomo y la Politica: Fighting the War on Firearms and Corruption

Economic crisis brings history changing implications. Each country handles insecurity, political tensions, and corruption distinctly. Survival is of mutual interest. When it comes to survivalist crisis management, Panama is a…


How do telenovelas - idols of entertainment and popular culture - exist in the name of agendas they attempt to escape? - Photos (c) (left to right) La Reina del Sur, El Chavo del Ocho, Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso, Narcos, Muñeca Brava, Hasta Que Te Conocí, Yo Soy Betty la Fea

EDITOR’S NOTES: The Economic and Political Power of Telenovelas

How do telenovelas – idols of entertainment and popular culture – exist in the name of agendas they attempt to escape? As the popularity of Latin American telenovelas expand into…


What can the Dominican Republic's strict immigration modus operandi toward Haiti teach us about a Trump United States?   Photo (c) Puente Sur & La Republic 2016

US: Trump Immigration Agenda Parallels Dominican Republic Extremism

What can the Dominican Republic’s strict immigration modus operandi toward Haiti teach us about a Trump United States?  US presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched a new immigration proposal – that the…



What does the Venezuelan crisis and Mexican Singer Juan Gabriel's death have in common? Photos (c) Univsion 2016

EDITOR’S NOTES: How Mixed Accounts in Mass Media Influence Daily Life and Historic Policies

What does the Venezuelan crisis and Mexican Singer Juan Gabriel’s death have in common? Or one could approach the same big-picture question another way: Many cultured book worms enjoy when the same…


The re-questioning of Venezuela's Mercosur acceptability marks a corner stone in South America's historical bell shape curve. Photo (c) La Nación Argentina 2016

MERCOSUR: Venezuela Crisis and Big Picture Regional Implications

Venezuela’s assuming of the Mercosur pro-tempore presidency has not only tested the  regional economic bloc’s crisis-era resilience, but furthermore right and left-wing governmental relations – public and private. The re-questioning…


The UN declares August 30th the International Day of the Disappeared, but Latin America has been no foreigner to forced disappearances on any day.

INTERNATIONAL DAY of the DISAPPEARED: Latin America Past and Present

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 65/209 declares August 30th the International Day of the Disappeared. Yet for the past century, Latin America has been no foreigner to forced disappearances…