Leadership Analysis


Private agribusiness on previously protected indigenous lands has thrown the Temer administration under international law violation investigations. Photo (c) Brasil 247 2017

OP-ED: BRAZIL: Indigenous Land Rights: A Corruption Scandal Victim

By Emily Foecke Munden – International Development Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy: While ongoing corruption probes in Brazil have dominated headlines, the laws protecting Brazil’s indigenous peoples have been…



New business ventures exemplifies that though ties have changed, Russia certainly continues to see Venezuela as an asset. Photo (c) Panorama 2017

OP-ED: INTERNATIONAL: Russia & Venezuela: From Allies to Patronage?

By W. Alex Sánchez and Brittney Figueroa; originally published on International Policy Digest – Venezuela’s political and economic meltdown continues while President Nicolas Maduro’s priority is to remain in power. Meanwhile,…


The ELN not only offers an example of religion and terrorism's relationship, but also how economic desperateness can uproot organizational foundation. Photo (c) El Colombiano 2017

COLOMBIA: ELN as Telling Case Study for Religion & Terrorism’s 21st Century Relationship Status

A famous dialogue segment from The Godfather II captures the distinct power of rebel organizations from general crime counterparts. In the Cuba-themed scene, mafioso Michael Corleone recounts to investor ally,…





When a lemon-in-the-eyes social experiment symbolizes the prospective hope yet logical reservation of one terrorist organizations' transition into peace. Photo (c) Semana 2016; FARC logo artistically  added.

COLOMBIA: Reconciling Post-War Terrorists – Contextualizing the New FARC in History’s Shadow

Colombian journalist Daniel Samper recently conducted a light-hearted YouTube challenge…with FARC leader Jesus Santrich. Participating in a viral stunt, it involved squeezing lemon juice into their eyes and seeing who endured…



The current political instability in South America could spread to neighboring countries and end in a full blown economic and financial crisis.
 Photo (c) CNN 2016

SOUTH AMERICA: Political Instability and Impending Crisis?

By Dr. Vince Hooper – The current political instability in South America could spread to neighboring countries and end in a full blown economic and financial crisis. South America’s problems…


The film traces back the story of Agustín Goiburú, a radical dissident of the Stroessner dictatorship in Paraguay, through his children’s memories. 
 Photo (c) Open City Docs 2017

HISTORY / PARAGUAY: Act of Remembering Stroessner Dictatorship: Paz Encina’s ‘Memory Exercises’ Documentary

By Maureen Gueunet; cross-posted from Open City Documentaries –  This year’s Open City Documentary Festival will present the UK premiere of Paz Encina’s new feature film, the documentary Memory Exercises. The…


Latin America's complex populism experience is often overlooked. Those countering it in Europe, the US and elsewhere would be wise to consider it. Photo (c) Urgente 24 2007

POLITICS: US, Lat Am & EU Populism: Still Expanding Horizons  

(Cross-Posted article by Elmer Hernandez from PGW Global and International Policy Digest) – Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have provided a rude awakening for many in Europe who had ignored the…


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…


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…


Latin America was a major battleground during the Cold War, as the United States and the USSR competed to establish economic and political influence. Photo (c) El Mañana
2017

HISTORY: LATIN AMERICA: Shaped by Foreign Power Struggles

(Cross-posted article by Zarif Ahmed from Young Diplomats) – Before the emergence of independent Latin American states, the region saw roughly 300 years of Iberian colonization. Near the end of…




Dr. Solheim: Latin America's lacking criminal justice systems, political leadership, and socioeconomic inequality aggravate its security problem. Photo (c) La Prensa Honduras 2013

SECURITY: Latin America’s Problem: What to Expect and What Should be Done  

By Dr. Håvar Solheim; University lecturer Modern History; Department of Latin American Studies; Leiden University – For years Latin America has been profiled as one of the most violent regions in…


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…





Calderon: “In my opinion, both Mexico and the rest of Latin America have to work to strengthen their democracy, the substantial reduction of poverty and the judicial system that allows more effective control of drug cartel operations and organized crime and that will increasingly respect the integrity of the population.” Photo (c) Retratos de una Busqueda 2017

MEXICO: A Journalist’s War on Narco-Trafficking & Human Rights Violations amid the Trump Era

By Joe Wallen, interviewing Alicia Calderon – Benito Juárez, President of Mexico between 1861-72, famously said: “Among individuals as among nations, the respect to other people’s rights is peace”. It…


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…