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Summit of the Americas

U.S. Should Speak Up for Democracy in the Region

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Eric Farnsworth

The United States has largely muted the concerns it has had about threats to regional democracy for some time, fearing not without reason that overtly raising these issues serves only to isolate Washington in the hemisphere.

Obama's Travel Reforms Put Embargo's End into View

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

Travel to Cuba for just for Cuban-Americans, keeps in place a policy whereby most Americans can travel to Iran or North Korea but cannot get to Cuba without a license. It doesn't make sense.

Cuba at a Crossroads

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Bruno Sanz


Summit Postscript: What Did Trinidad and Tobago Get?

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

As the government of Trinidad and Tobago and Summit organizers keep score and compile their report card, let's be sure that the correct indices are used when measuring success.

Obama Zen

Soren Gordhamer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Soren Gordhamer

The Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh advises us that if we are angry with someone, it is good to give that person a gift. While Chavez gave Obama a gift in the form of a book, Obama also gave a gift of openness.

Free Trade

Randy Charles Epping | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randy Charles Epping

By getting our leaders to open the world's borders to trade, we not only help ourselves: we help developing countries of the world and become true partners in a renewed 21st century economy.

Being Berated for a Handshake and a Smile

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Judith Ellis

A handshake and a smile may just go further than some policies of the past.

Letter From Paris: The Cuban Dreamland

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beth Arnold

It is time for American policies toward Cuba to change, but I must admit when I left there, I could see the point of trying to hold Fidel's feet to the fire.

President Obama and the Americas: Beyond the Trinidad Summit

Abraham Lowenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abraham Lowenthal

Navigating the next stages in the U.S.-Cuba relationship will be complex, for both sides have to overcome years of distrust, mutual hostility and propaganda.

Jason Linkins

Obama, Chavez Handshake Was 'Boyz In The Hood'-Style: Kudlow | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So what's the New New Fox News Thing? Obsessing endlessly on a handshake, folks. Yes, President Barack Obama went to the Summit of the Americas in T...

Gingrich Slams Obama Over Chavez Greeting At Summit Of The Americas

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich charged Monday that President Barack Obama's cordial greeting with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez sends...

Obama and a New Course in Latin America

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aldo Civico

The everyday violence that marks the life of Latin American countries is a sign that underlying structural problems persist. Handshakes and smiles will not fix this.

After the Summit of the Americas, Raul Castro Offers to Talk to Obama, But Not to Us

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I don't know what to think, given the difference between what is said to the outside world and the tiresome sermon we get every day.

Is President Obama Serious About a New Relationship with the Americas?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Will Obama rebuild our relationship with the south on a foundation of respect for democracy? Or will it be more of the same superpower policies cloaked in collaborative and intelligent rhetoric?

Summit Like It Hot: See Who Wore What This Weekend (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Anya Strzemien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

As this weekend's Summit of the Americas in Trinidad draws to a close, one burning question remains: what was everyone wearing? Hillary Clinton debut...

The Emerging Obama Doctrine

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

At Obama's press conference at the Summit of the Americas, the president discussed economics, narco-terrorism, and guns -- and showcased a new direction in American regional partnerships.

Obama Defends Venezuela Position At Americas Summit

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Defending his brand of world politics, President Barack Obama said Sunday that he "strengthens our hand" by reaching o...

White House Senior Advisor: Obama More Popular Than Chavez In Venezuela

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In an interview with ABC News, Jeffrey Davidow -- a senior adviser to President Obama on Latin American affairs and director of the Summit of the Amer...

Chavez Gives Obama A History Book

AP | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Better than an iPod? On the second day of the Summit of the Americas Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez presented President Obama with a book on Latin A...

Mr. President: Calderón Is Not Mexico

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

President Obama's visit to Mexico produced vague and contradictory statements, centered on worn-out strategies.

Obama Heads To Americas Summit With Spotlight On Cuba

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Venturing into an unfamiliar region of the world, President Barack Obama made a splash on a stage of leaders from acro...

China Goes to Latin America For Oil, Minerals -- and Water

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Pasternack

While Obama meets with Latin American leaders this weekend to discuss US relations, he'll be doing so in the shadow of a newer growing player in the region: China.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: Obama and the Rest of the Americas Facts: US President Obama travels to Mexico to meet with President Calde...

Obama: US "Seeks A New Beginning" With Cuba (VIDEO)

AP | VIVIAN SEQUERA and BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Trading their warmest words in a half-century, the United States and Cuba built momentum toward renewed ties on Friday...

Raul Castro: Cuba Open To US Talks On 'Everything'

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Cuba is open to talks with the United States about "everything" including political prisoners, President Raul Castro said on Thursday, a major softeni...