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July 12, 2011

Brazil
Making Room for Brazil’s Growing Clout

The United States should seize the opportunity to transform its relationship with Brazil to reflect its role as a world power, says David Rothkopf, member of a CFR Independent Task Force whose new re…

June 7, 2011

Elections and Voting
Peru’s Moment of Opportunity

Ollanta Humala’s victory in Peru’s presidential election should mean continued solid relations with the United States and is an opportunity to further prove that moderate leftism is the consensus mod…

April 15, 2011

Cuba
Cuba’s Reform-Minded Party Congress

As Cuba’s Communist Party convenes this weekend for the first time in fourteen years, President Raul Castro will look to clarify and gain support for economic reforms. CFR’s Julia Sweig says the coun…

April 1, 2011

Ivory Coast
Ending Ivory Coast’s Stand-Off

Conflict in Ivory Coast appears to be nearing a head, with internationally recognized presidential winner Alassane Ouattara poised to triumph. But CFR’s Jendayi Frazer notes that inaction by the Secu…

March 18, 2011

Brazil
Toward New Ties with Brazil

President Obama’s trip to Brazil provides an opportunity for the two countries to reestablish their relationship, setting the stage for future agreements on trade, infrastructure, and foreign policy,…

January 26, 2011

United States
The Birthright Citizenship Debate

Some GOP lawmakers have proposed legislation to eliminate birthright citizenship, but legal expert Margaret Stock says these proposals would create vast logistical and social problems and are unlikel…

September 23, 2010

Venezuela
Opposition Challenges for Chávez

Venezuela’s National Assembly elections this weekend are a referendum on President Hugo Chávez and a "proxy" for the 2012 presidential elections, says expert Michael McCarthy. They could also bolster…

June 15, 2009

Israel
Netanyahu Speech Aimed to Ease U.S. Relations, Unlikely to Assuage Palestinians

Aaron David Miller, a former senior U.S. negotiator in the Mideast, says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closely watched speech on June 14 "was less about pursuing Arab-Israeli peace and …

March 16, 2007

Saudi Arabia
Gause: Saudis Aim to Roll Back Iranian Influence in Region

F. Gregory Gause III, a leading Saudi Arabia expert, says the intensified Saudi diplomacy of recent weeks has been largely aimed at containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

March 10, 2006

Americas
Sweig: Rice, Hughes Aim to Show Relations with South America "Not as Negative as they are Perceived to Be"

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes prepare for their trip to South America, CFR Senior Fellow Julia Sweig says the United States must…