Losing Bolivia: Evo Morales’ Failing Presidency

March 13, 2012 by

For the sixth time in as many years, Bolivia is poised to nationalize more of its natural resource-based industries; a primary focus of the Morales administration since coming to power in 2006. For five years, the government – to the citizenry’s fanfare – has taken control of much of the country’s oil, gas, and mining industries; a transition justified by the government in that these sectors are integral for the nation’s survival.

Ahmedinejad Visits Latin America, Washington Implores and Seethes

January 12, 2012 by

At the best of times, the U.S. government is regarded as somewhat out of touch with what’s happening in the American “heartland,” much less the world at large, so much so that the phrase “inside the Beltway” was coined to define the syndrome. But every now and again, an incident occurs that so perfectly encapsulates Washington’s self-absorbed navel gazing that little further comment is needed. On 9 January U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland provided such a “Kodak moment” to the Washington press corps.

In Bolivia’s Quest to Regain the Pacific, Political Posturing Is More Afterthought than Motivator

January 5, 2012 by

Since taking office in 2006, Bolivian President Evo Morales has been on a mission to regain access to the Pacific by way of Chile. Now that it has become painfully obvious that Chile is unwilling to engage in meaningful negotiations—Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has called Bolivia’s vision “impossible” —Morales has announced his intent to bring the dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

New Regional Organization is a Big Step Forward for the Hemisphere

December 27, 2011 by

Although most Americans have not heard about it, a historic step toward changing this hemisphere was taken three weeks ago. A new organization for the region was formed, and everyone was invited except the U.S. and Canada. The new organization is called the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).