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Donald Trump has rolled back with a flourish one of the signature diplomatic achievements of the Obama administration – the opening to Cuba. While playing to Cuban-American voters, however, the president left key elements of this predecessor's policy in place.
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
A financial noose is tightening around Venezuela's ruling party. Sovereign default is now imminent and U.S. court judgments have exposed the country's international assets to seizure. Without international mediation, President Nicolas Maduro will have to turn to the military for a potentially bloody crackdown.
The United States and Cuba already have gained a lot from a thaw in mutual relations that ended 54 years of hostility. For the fragile process of normalization to continue, both former adversaries need to adopt creative solutions to formidable obstacles on the way.
Bubbling insurgencies are likely to loom in former Soviet states as Russia – struggling with its economic crisis - becomes less able to fund their regimes. President Vladimir Putin will have to take a hard look at the Kremlin’s commitments to see whether it can continue to finance troubled areas in the Caucasus and breakaway provinces, and also sustain both Crimea ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
A gathering of world leaders representing countries from the Americas failed to reach any solid agreement or common ground over two days in Colombia. Only Cuba’s exclusion from the group almost created unanimity but the US remained a dissident voice, promising inclusion when Cuba followed steps to democracy.
THE Sixth Su...