Geopolitics and international relations

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    The Iron Lady of the Caribbean at LSE: remembering Dominica’s Eugenia Charles 100 years after her birth

The Iron Lady of the Caribbean at LSE: remembering Dominica’s Eugenia Charles 100 years after her birth

One hundred years on from her birth in May 1919, Sonia Gomes (LSE Library) looks back at the life of Dominica’s first female prime minister Eugenia Charles, from her time studying law at LSE in post-war London to her return to the Caribbean, the beginnings of her legal practice, and her ultimate rise to national and international prominence.

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    Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

There is nothing new about Trump’s linkage of trade and non-trade issues, but subjecting trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement to the whims of the US president undermines a key benefit of such arrangements: greater stability. Without this stability dividend, potential partners could begin to question whether the costs of forging complex agreements with the US outweigh the benefits, writes Ken […]

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    Necesitamos comprender la Responsabilidad de Proteger antes de hacer un (mal) uso de ella en Venezuela

Necesitamos comprender la Responsabilidad de Proteger antes de hacer un (mal) uso de ella en Venezuela

El principio de la Responsabilidad de Proteger, respaldado por unanimidad por las Naciones Unidas en 2005, es un componente importante de un sistema de seguridad colectivo global, pero invocarlo de manera incorrecta no ayudará a las víctimas para quienes fue diseñado. Por Adrian Gallagher (Centro Europeo para la Responsabilidad de Proteger, Universidad de Leeds).

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    Belize’s referendum on its territorial dispute with Guatemala could finally bring an end to Central America’s most enduring conflict

Belize’s referendum on its territorial dispute with Guatemala could finally bring an end to Central America’s most enduring conflict

The roots of Guatemala’s claim on Belize go back as far as the 17th century, but the dispute has taken many twists and turns during Belize’s periods under colonial control and as an independent state. Today, the domestic political realities of both countries could allow the International Court of Justice to reach a definitive decision, finally bringing this longstanding dispute […]

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    Reassessment of the Itaipú Treaty and ‘brasiguayo’ political power could reshape Paraguay’s relationship with Brazil

Reassessment of the Itaipú Treaty and ‘brasiguayo’ political power could reshape Paraguay’s relationship with Brazil

Since the end of the Stroessner dictatorship in 1989, the surge in Brazilian economic, political, and cultural influence has been so pronounced as to make Paraguay almost a client state of its more powerful neighbour. This is clearest in the unequal outcomes of the Itaipú Treaty on joint hydroelectricity generation and in the untrammelled political power of Brazilian-Paraguayan agribusiness in […]

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    We need to understand the Responsibility to Protect before we (mis)apply it in Venezuela

We need to understand the Responsibility to Protect before we (mis)apply it in Venezuela

The principle of the Responsibility to Protect, endorsed unanimously by the United Nations in 2005, is an important component of a global, collective security system. But invoking it inaccurately will do little to help the victims that is was designed to protect, writes Adrian Gallagher (European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Leeds).

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    How can the UK strengthen its relationships with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean?

How can the UK strengthen its relationships with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean?

The UK already enjoys significant commercial, diplomatic, cultural, and defence links with many Latin American and Caribbean countries. But moves to address outdated perceptions of the region, to facilitate business engagement, and to streamline governance of these relationships could strengthen them even further in the post-Brexit era, write Joanna Crellin (UK Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Edward Elliott (British Foreign Policy […]

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    Panama could soon become China’s gateway to Latin America thanks to an imminent free trade agreement

Panama could soon become China’s gateway to Latin America thanks to an imminent free trade agreement

Since Panama established diplomatic relations with China in June 2017, the two countries have developed an incredibly strong relationship. Only geostrategic sensitivities relating to the trade war between China and the US have prevented the two countries from announcing the conclusion (in record time) of a bilateral free trade agreement. But it is now a matter of when not if, […]

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    Understanding patterns of protest against Cuba’s medical internationalism

Understanding patterns of protest against Cuba’s medical internationalism

The presence of Cuban healthcare professionals in countries like Brazil, Bolivia, and Haiti has followed a clear path from protest to acceptance, but the case Venezuela shows the vital importance of political neutrality, write Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University), Chris Walker (St Mary’s University), and Arturo Méndez (University of Camagüey).

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    US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

The Trump administration’s “America First” policy and sanctions on Russia and Venezuela have significant unintended consequences in the Caribbean, especially for the bauxite industries of Jamaica and Guyana, writes David Jessop (Caribbean Council).