A Tale of Two Tragedies: Why Is Cuba More Important than Ethiopia?

US policy can be counterintuitive: while politicians might have caring words for the Cuban people, they have taken significantly more action on the situation in Tigray. Although executive offices addressed both international crises, the Cuban riots seemed to elicit a strong public response and the Ethiopian crisis a more diplomatic one.

Securing Paradise: The Need for Intentional Diplomacy in the Caribbean

There is trouble in paradise.  Ongoing political unrest in Haiti and Cuba have dominated headlines and have even led to talks of potential U.S. military intervention. The recent increase in American attention on the Caribbean is a reminder of the region’s often-overlooked strategic significance. 

Roots of the Refugee Crisis

Image: "Caravana Migrante en la Ciudad de México," Wikimedia Commons By Ian Elliot In spite of a heavy fall news cycle, the Central American refugee crisis has dominated the mainstream media for several weeks. Of course, this is in no small part due to a concerted Republican effort to place it at the forefront of … Continue reading Roots of the Refugee Crisis

Democracy and Corruption in Brazil

By Ian Elliott Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007, copyright World Economic Forum The year is 2010. Jim O’Neill, then chairman of Goldman Sacs, has just claimed that President Lula da Silva is the “most successful G20 policy maker of the last decade.” Brazil has recently hosted a … Continue reading Democracy and Corruption in Brazil