Latin America Studies Program Publications

Op-Ed

Unasur and Venezuela

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

As the Unasur summit commences in Chile, Julia Sweig suggests, in her column, that the opportunity is ripe for meaningful summitry that might offer Venezuela practical conflict resolution mechanisms while respecting its sovereignty.

See more in Venezuela; International Organizations and Alliances

Op-Ed

New York’s New Mayor

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Council on Foreign Relations

As Bill de Blasio takes office in New York, Julia Sweig reflects on inequality, urban poverty, and the idea that government policy can provide solutions to ingrained problems when the market falls short.

See more in United States; Society and Culture

Op-Ed

Low-Hanging Fruit

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

In the wake of the preliminary accord reached with Iran, Julia Sweig proposes that the Obama administration pursue a diplomatic resolution to another vexing element of U.S. foreign affairs: the relationship with Cuba.

See more in Cuba; Politics and Strategy

Op-Ed

Postmortem Questions

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Ties between Brazil and the United States will continue after Brazilian president Dilma cancelled her trip to Washington, but a prime opportunity to forge a new relationship has been lost, writes Julia Sweig.

See more in Brazil; United States; Politics and Strategy

Op-Ed

Dear President Dilma

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Julia Sweig urges Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to look past the offense of NSA spying revelations and go forward with her planned October state visit to Washington.

See more in Brazil; Presidents and Chiefs of State

Op-Ed

Moral Obscenity, Global Red Line

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Julia Sweig argues that, while skepticism of military intervention is reasonable in normal times, the use of chemical weapons in Syria has changed the goalposts and demands action from the world. In spite of its painful memories of U.S. intervention in its own recent history, Latin America should invoke the doctrine of Responsibility while Protecting, and partner with Western leaders as a source of humanitarian aid and refugee assistance.

See more in Syria; Latin America and the Caribbean; Politics and Strategy; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

Op-Ed

Arms, the United States, and the Americas

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

The issue of gun control is far from limited to the domestic politics of the United States: transnational gun trafficking makes armed violence a continental problem. The United States and Brazil, home to the largest arms industries in the Hemisphere, should partner to safeguard weapons stocks and staunch the flow of illegal weapons to illicit groups writes Julia Sweig.

See more in Latin America and the Caribbean; Mexico; United States; Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

Op-Ed

Justice in Paradox

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Last week's Supreme Court rulings on the Voting Rights Act and DOMA reveal divergent trends: the vindication of gay rights stands in stark contrast to the setback in protection against voter suppression, writes Julia Sweig.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

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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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