Commentary

Global Americans’ Commentary is a collection of essays and think pieces from thought leaders across the Americas. 

Our authors provide new and diverse perspectives on key trends, exposing our readers to fresh ideas regarding the biggest stories in the region. 

 

Democracy & Elections

Gen Z: The Polarization Generation

Gen Z is a polarized generation without strong party affiliations, making it an attractive target for extreme, anti-establishment candidates.

Democracy & Elections

Gen Z: The Polarization Generation
Gen Z is a polarized generation without strong party affiliations, making it an attractive target for extreme, anti-establishment candidates.
Can South Korea Be a Knight for the U.S. on the Chessboard of Latin America?
Together, the U.S. and South Korea can forge a dynamic foreign policy partnership and a market-oriented, democratic Western Hemisphere.
Will the EU-Mercosur Deal Survive the New European Parliament?
With the polls closed and final votes counted, the new composition of the European Parliament could determine the long-awaited fate of the EU-Mercosur agreement.

Human Rights

Austerity Measures Sink Cuba Further into Near Collapse

Overall, the move toward more liberal measures appears to be too little too late, despite pressures from Vietnamese and Chinese Communist Party representatives in recent years strongly advising that Cuba undergo free market-oriented reforms.

Economics

Boric’s Lithium Strategy: Will It Backfire?

While increased state participation in Chile’s lithium industry aims to maximize national benefits, the potential downsides must not be overlooked.

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Environment

Panama and the Crossfire of Local Environmentalism and the Global Energy Transition

Cobre Panamá indicates that the process of extracting the critical materials is complicated, messy, and disruptive—for all parties involved.

Foreign Affairs

Colombia Needs a Pragmatic Foreign Policy

Without a pragmatic and strategic approach to foreign relations and defense procurement, Colombia’s military readiness could deteriorate, weakening the country’s ability to address evolving security threats.

Security & the Rule of Law

Finding a New Way Forward for U.S.-El Salvador Relations
Nayib Bukele's imminent reelection represents an opportunity for the United States to find new—and politically viable—approaches to public security in the region.
What Can U.S. Policymakers Learn from Mexico’s Attacks on Academia?
This power grab will likely gut the Mexican research and development capacity it seeks to protect—politicizing research doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record of ...
For Mexico’s Economy To Grow, Security Issues Need To Be Addressed
Until Mexico reduces the risk of cargo truck hijacking, the country is likely to miss out on billions of dollars of potential new foreign investment.

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