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The Hegemon and the Forgotten Continent: East Africa

January 3, 2015

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East Africa is a hotbed of political and economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. It has been a major recipient of aid from the United States, both military and economic, and has also served as an important area for U.S. trade. If the United States can focus its efforts on education, political cooperation, and investment in the area, some of these countries may become its strongest allies.

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Venezuela Revisited: A Crisis of Leadership

February 28, 2014

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Venezuela faces a severe crisis of leadership. The economy is in a tailspin with inflation rates around 50 percent, crime rates are at record highs, and protests are sweeping the nation. But a discontented majority party and fractured opposition have little trust in their leaders. What does the future hold for Venezuela, and should the United States play a part in the unfolding events?

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Venezuela: Towards a More United Western Hemisphere

November 1, 2013

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Venezuela is one of the United States’ key trading partners in Latin America and the ideological leader of the anti-U.S. contingent after Cuba. It is currently undergoing a significant political succession and experiencing massive inflation and economic tension, providing an excellent opportunity for U.S. diplomacy to stabilize a previously dysfunctional relationship and decrease tension across Latin America.

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The US Stake in Mexican Energy Reform

September 17, 2013

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has recently proposed opening Mexico’s nationalized oil and gas industry to joint ventures with private firms. This potential action, while unpopular with some Mexicans because of its political meaning, will—in the long term—likely prove advantageous for both Mexico and the United States and should be advocated by private and public US organizations.

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