Geopolitics and international relations

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    US pressure on Nicaragua will only stall diplomatic engagement and harm its most vulnerable groups

US pressure on Nicaragua will only stall diplomatic engagement and harm its most vulnerable groups

Even with Venezuela’s substantial support in doubt, the nature of Nicaraguan trade, migration, and aid links with the US makes the country less vulnerable to pressure than many expect. Instead, diplomacy and civil society will bear the brunt of unintended consequences, writes Pamela Neumann.

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    Brazilian foreign policy in the Trump era: a chance as much as a challenge

Brazilian foreign policy in the Trump era: a chance as much as a challenge

Trump may represent a challenge to Brazil and multilateralism, but his government also offers unique opportunities for Brazilian foreign policymakers to advance economic integration and expand the nation’s leadership in the international community, writes Mark S. Langevin.

“Post-Western” diplomacy and the Venezuela crisis

Attempts by the Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela may not succeed. But as the Trump administration reshapes its relationship with multilateral institutions, there will be opportunities for “post-Western” diplomacy from within the region and beyond, write David Smilde and Timothy M. Gill.

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    Cuba is poor, but who is to blame – Castro or 50 years of the US blockade?

Cuba is poor, but who is to blame – Castro or 50 years of the US blockade?

Fidel Castro has often been blamed for the state of the Cuban economy, but the longstanding US embargo and the question of what constitutes real economic success make the issue far more complex than that, argues Helen Yaffe.

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    Brexit could hit investment, trade, aid, and integration in Latin America, but there will also be opportunities

Brexit could hit investment, trade, aid, and integration in Latin America, but there will also be opportunities

Brexit is likely to affect foreign direct investment, trade, and development funding in Latin America, aside from being politically influential. But despite the negatives, it may also provide opportunities to strengthen ties with the UK, writes Michelle Campbell.

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    Cuba’s strong tradition of medical internationalism looks set to continue despite upheaval in the Americas

Cuba’s strong tradition of medical internationalism looks set to continue despite upheaval in the Americas

After Castro’s death and with profound political and economic change across the Americas, Gail Hurley asks, what future for Cuba’s medical internationalism?

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    Mexico and the US must realise that NAFTA is the solution not the problem

Mexico and the US must realise that NAFTA is the solution not the problem

Former President of Mexico (1988-94) Carlos Salinas de Gortari, one of the architects of the North American Free Trade Agreement, argues that NAFTA’s significant achievements have been underplayed.

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    The Cuban economy is less vulnerable to a reversal of US rapprochement than many realise

The Cuban economy is less vulnerable to a reversal of US rapprochement than many realise

Though Cuba has gained economically from improved relations with the US, it is far from dependent on their continuation.