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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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At a Crossroads with Mexico

September 10, 2013

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The U.S.-Mexican relationship is at an important crossroads. Congress is debating the issue of immigration reform. New developments in the war on drugs have prompted questions about cooperation with Mexico. President Peña Nieto has adopted a plan for reform that provides the United States an opportunity to support its southern neighbor and solidify relations. At the same time, however, China is busy spreading its own influence in Mexico.

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Imagery Analysis: Edward Snowden Asylum Requests

July 24, 2013

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Edward Snowden, the contractor who leaked top-secret documents about information tracking techniques used by the NSA, is on the run from the U.S. Government and is seeking asylum in various countries throughout the world. Snowden has received 3 asylum offers and is waiting to hear back from Russia, the country in which he currently is in hiding. Top U.S. Government officials are seeking Snowden’s extradition to the United States in order to prevent more sensitive information from being leaked.

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