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. 

 

Human Rights & Social Inclusion

The Human Cost of Operation Lone Star

Is the Biden administration, despite its legal posturing, content to abdicate some of its responsibilities on the ground and let Operation Lone Star take over?

Democracy & Elections

Reassessing U.S. Sanctions Strategy Towards Venezuela
The decision to reimpose oil sanctions on Venezuela represents a calibrated response aimed at maintaining diplomatic engagement while upholding democratic principles.
Once Flying High, Chile’s Boric Falls to Earth
Realizing the need to make adjustments, Boric has shifted towards the center in his selection of ministers and trimmed his legislative priorities, but it increasingly ...
Who Will Lead Panama? Predictions, Top Candidates, and Foreign Policy Priorities
In a field split among eight candidates, the absence of a leader capable of addressing the country's many challenges has become increasingly apparent.

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

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.

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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

Reassessing U.S. Sanctions Strategy Towards Venezuela

The decision to reimpose oil sanctions on Venezuela represents a calibrated response aimed at maintaining diplomatic engagement while upholding democratic principles.

Security & the Rule of Law

A Global Americans Review of Authoritarian Police in Democracy, Contested Security in Latin America
Yanilda María González’s book examines why it is so difficult to reform Latin America’s police forces.
Chile’s Di Lampedusa Strategy: After Years of Debate, Has Anything Changed?
This is the dirty little secret of recent Chilean history: the agreement to change everything will end up changing nothing.
Chile Shifts Rightward on the Eve of Another Constitutional Vote
With so many Chileans willing to limit rights to solve the country’s security problems, the main question for the future seems to be who will ...

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