Latin America and the Caribbean

Op-Ed

NSA, SIVAM, Dilma, and Barack

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Although revelations of NSA spying provoked an angry reaction last week in Brazil, the U.S. and Brazilian administrations should treat this crisis as an opportunity, writes Julia Sweig.

See more in Brazil; United States; Intelligence

Ask CFR Experts

In a post-Chavez era, how can the U.S. rebuild Latin American ties?

Asked by Joel Cerda, from University of Maryland

Hugo Chávez ruled Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. It is tempting to assume that ties between the United States and Latin America broke during the Chávez era, and that they must now be repaired. The reality, however, is more complex: despite the heated rhetoric coming from Washington and Caracas during Chávez's presidency, bilateral trade quadrupled from $16 billion in 1998 to $64 billion in 2008.

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See more in Venezuela; Politics and Strategy

Foreign Affairs Article

Cuba After Communism

Authors: Julia E. Sweig and Michael Bustamante

Cuba has entered a new era of economic reform that defies easy comparison to post-Communist transitions elsewhere. Washington should take the initiative and establish a new diplomatic and economic modus vivendi with Havana.

See more in Cuba; Sanctions; Politics and Strategy

Op-Ed

Developments in Cuba

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Julia Sweig shares her impressions regarding ongoing and future political, economic, and social changes in Cuba.

See more in Cuba; Development

Op-Ed

Orthodoxy and Geography

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

On the heels of the Pacific Alliance's May 2013 summit meeting in California, Julia Sweig reflects on the significance of this new regional trade bloc and on the implications of Brazil's foreign trade and investment agenda.

See more in Latin America and the Caribbean; Trade