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Belize’s UDP Party’s Success Overshadowed by Opposition

By: Tamanisha John, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

In 2010, the Belize Minister of Works, Hon. Anthony Martinez, signed three contracts with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to carry out…

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COHA in the Public Arena (May 1 – May 5, 2012)

COHA in the Public Arena (May 1 – May 5, 2012)

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On Wednesday, May 2, COHA Director Larry Birns was interviewed by Coyote Radio of Santa Barbara University on the implications of the events at the…

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Belize Continues to Deny Fundamental Human Rights of Sexual Minorities

Belize Continues to Deny Fundamental Human Rights of Sexual Minorities

By: Robert Works, Fulbright Scholar and Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

A number of Latin American countries have long struggled to administer justice fairly and efficiently; increasingly, in recent years this has been in regard to…

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Pluralism Bursts into the Western Hemisphere

Pluralism Bursts into the Western Hemisphere

By: COHA Research Fellow Alex Sánchez

* While Russia, Europe and China are wooing Latin America and the Caribbean the Monroe Doctrine now becomes the "Putin, Zapatero and Chinese-Corollary"

*Iran's increased presence in the region may lead to bad press, but for now only shows increased investments

* The "Great Game" of political and economic influence is set to be played in the southern hemisphere

No one is arguing that Latin America and the Caribbean have become a priority matter for international diplomacy, save for the U.S., which has witnessed a massive retreat of Washington's vigilance for what it once insisted were its longtime national interests and influence in the hemisphere. Concentrating on its "War on Terror" has resulted in a detour of the U.S. military and diplomatic corps to a series of sorties, like Afghanistan, Iraq, and now, likely enough, to Iran. The 1823 Monroe Doctrine is no longer relevant as nations like Russia, the People's Republic of China as well as the European Union (and its individual members) increase their influence in the Western Hemisphere. This penetration is due to the fact that numerous hemispheric countries are themselves looking to diversify their pool of allies and trading partners by contracting ties to other nations besides the U.S., with Venezuela being at the core of this movement.

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A Conversation on Conservation: Contemplating the Impact of Climate Change in the Latin America-Caribbean Region

A Conversation on Conservation: Contemplating the Impact of Climate Change in the Latin America-Caribbean Region

By: COHA Research Associate Andrew Carmona

illustration by Margaret Scott The Latin American and Caribbean regions contain nearly half of the world’s diversity of plant and animal species and half of…

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