Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Founded in 1975, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a nonprofit, tax-exempt independent research and information organization, was established to promote the common interests of the hemisphere, raise the visibility of regional affairs and increase the importance of the inter-American relationship, as well as encourage the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Free Trade With Panama: Some Winners and Some Losers
Last Thursday the Senate Finance Committee convened in order to address a number of controversial issues that have sprung up regarding the pending U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) with Panama. Following the hearing, U.S. Trade Representative for Western Hemisphere Affairs Everett Eissenstat announced that President Obama would consult with U.S. lawmakers before sending the controversial FTA to Congress for approval. Eissenstat added that the "agreement has the potential to be a good deal for the United States."
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Cuban Five: A Starkly Controversial Case
Members of the “Wasp Network,” were arrested in 1998 and charged with espionage, false Five men, known as the “Cuban Five”, have filed an appeal of their unusually long prison sentences, hoping to have their case reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court The U.S. judicial system and the Bush...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Separating Fact from Fiction: An Analysis of Venezuela’s Military Power
Following the recently concluded Summit of the Americas held April 17-19, in Trinidad and Tobago, President Barack Obama claimed that the U.S. defense budget was 600 times greater than that of Venezuela. While it is true that, in conventional warfare, a Venezuelan victory over this country is totally beyond any credulity, the question remains regarding how much relative military strength does Venezuela actually project.
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Friday, May 01, 2009
Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Could Be a Lose-Lose Deal
Just a few hours prior to meeting his counterparts from all over the Western Hemisphere at the recently concluded Summit of the Americas, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reaffirmed Canada’s newfound commitment to the region, most clearly reflected in the newly signed free-trade deals with Peru and Colombia. On March 26, the Canadian government submitted legislation to the House of Commons that would implement the Canada-Colombia Free Trade, Labor Cooperation and Environment Agreements. Ottawa is confident that Parliament will ratify the treaties as early as June.
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Monday, April 13, 2009
Summit of the Americas: Obama Goes to Trinidad
President Obama travels to Trinidad on April 17 with a unique opportunity to redefine U.S.-Latin American relations The time for taking stock is over, and the U.S.
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Monday, April 06, 2009
Canada and the Mexican War on Drugs: Lack of Involvement But Not of Interest
- Although increasingly affected from afar by the fight against the cartels, Canada is curiously detached from the Mexican war on drugs - Canada has numerous economic and political involvements in the Mexican status quo and multilateral and bilateral initiatives could be eyed for their implementation
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Thursday, April 02, 2009
The G20 and Latin America: A 'Rendezvous With Destiny' or a False Start?
Today, world leaders will convene in London for the highly anticipated G20 summit.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
Global Recession: Protectionism and Diversification in the US and South America
- Peru and Chile maintain free market principles and diversification of trading partners - Brazil, Chile, Colombia and the U.S. implement huge stimulus packages - Argentina, Paraguay, and Ecuador attempt to protect their economies by imposing new tariffs
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
As Mexico’s Problems Mount: The Impact of the Economic Recession on Migration Patterns from Mexico
- As migration from, and remittances to, Mexico have decreased as a result of the current recession, the Mexican economy ominously worsens - Migration, remittances, and the national economy should be considered as integral components in the debate over whether Mexico deserves to be classified as a "failed state," and what should be United States policy
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Ramming the Matter Home: Peru-U.S. FTA Rushed, Diluted and Finagled
Two weeks ago, as the Peruvian Congress buoyantly rushed to amend labor, health, and environmental requirements in order to implement the long pending bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the U.S., former President George W. Bush and Peruvian President Alan García could not afford any further delays. As Barack Obama moved into the White House, it was clear that the Bush and García Administrations' priority was to declare the FTA in effect regardless of what had been previously negotiated and amended in the halls of the Peruvian Congress.
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