Review in Foreign Affairs

long_laI woke up to a welcome email from my former Dean at American University, letting me know that Latin America Confronts the United States had received a capsule review in Foreign Affairs. It is, fittingly in my opinion, featured alongside Joseph Tulchin’s recent Latin America in International Politics: Challenging U.S. Hegemony. Richard Feinberg notes that, “Both authors demonstrate that in fact, when dealing with the United States, capable Latin American leaders have not only successfully defended their interests but also astutely intervened in U.S. domestic politics to alter the way that Washington defines and pursues its interests in the region.”

You can see the rest of the brief review by Richard Feinberg in Foreign Affairs.

I also had recent reviews from Oliver Stuenkel on Post-Western World and Greg Weeks on Two Weeks Notice. Thanks so much to all of them for taking the time to read and share their thoughts.

Media: Rio Olympics, Brazilian politics and diplomacy

Before I head off to Rio, I have a couple upcoming TV interviews tonight to discuss how this year’s Games are embroiled in Brazil’s own economic and political situations, as well as how Brazil’s neighbors are responding. First, I’ll be live on Canadian TV at 4:40 EDT, or 9:40 p.m. in the UK. Right after that, I’ll hope over to France 24, 5:00 EDT, or 10 p.m.




Tim Kaine: Boon for Latin America Policy?

Following up on my informal thoughts on Tim Kaine’s nomination, the good folks at the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies asked me to write a brief blog post on Kaine’s experience for the region and why the vice presidency might be a helpful perch for improving U.S. relations with the Americas.


“U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential nominee, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, may help her politically in the November election, and his potential influence on U.S. policy toward Latin America could be extremely important over the long haul.  Though Kaine’s Latin American experience likely was a secondary consideration in his selection, it is consistent with the role of the office of the vice president that has emerged during the Obama Administration as a center for serious policy initiatives in the Americas.”

See the rest on the AULA Blog.