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Shannon K. O'Neil

Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program

Former assistant professor of political science at Columbia University. Author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead. Expertise includes U.S.-Latin American relations, North America, energy policy, trade, political and economic reforms, immigration, and security.

Blog Post

Latin Americaa's Economic Outlook

The recent IMF economic outlook report entitled, a€œThe Western Hemisphere: Rebuilding Strength and Flexibility,a€ is overall quite bullish on the region. Fueled by favorable commodity prices and...

Hitting the Restart on U.S.-Latin America Ties

by Shannon K. O'Neil, Danielle Renwick
The U.S.-Cuba rapprochement means that leaders at the upcoming Summit of the Americas can focus less on regional tensions and more on issues such as trade, immigration, and security, says CFRa's Shannon K. Oa'Neil.
Task Force Report

A Letter to the President and a Memorandum on U.S. Policy Toward Brazil

by Kenneth R. Maxwell with Stephen Robert
Latin America in general—and Brazil in particular—is coming to the forefront of U.S. policy challenges. In response to this situation, this blue-ribbon independent Task Force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations offers two recommendations: first, that the United States needs a focal point to its policy in South America and that Brazil become that focal point; and second, that President Bush move swiftly to establish a standing, high-level dialogue with Brazil on key issues ranging from drugs to trade, democratization, and combating terrorism and trans-regional crime.
Contingency Planning Memorandum

Political Unrest in Venezuela

by Patrick Duddy
In Venezuela's upcoming elections, President Hugo Chavez—suffering from poor health—faces his strongest challenger yet. Former ambassador Patrick D. Duddy argues that the United States should prepare for political unrest.