A COHA Op-Ed co-authored by Director Larry Birns and Research Fellow Jessica Bryant was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on September 22, 2008. The article argues that the recent diplomatic crisis among the U.S., Bolivia and Venezuela, directly springs from the Bush administration’s Iraq-driven neglect of the region. It concludes by urging the U.S. president to reject the catch-up strategy now being favored by the White House and seek a relationship of equality and mutual respect in order to bond with the now more autonomous Latin American nations. This should be followed up by reengaging with the hemisphere, politically, economically, and culturally, on its terms as much as our own.
U.S. Reaps What It Sows in Bolivia – San Diego Union-Tribune