Decision time for the future of the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the premier development bank serving Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The IDB is the best collective action vehicle we have in the region. The IDB’s president, Mauricio Claver-Carone, seeks to refocus the IDB on job creation, digitalization, and nearshoring. In order to do all of this, Claver-Carone is seeking a capital increase from …

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The US should take note of potential trade deal between Ecuador and China

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso’s bags are packed for an upcoming trip to China on Feb. 3. Lasso will meet with President Xi Jinping to discuss a new debt repayment schedule, address environmental sustainability and perhaps most importantly, propose the start of negotiations on a bilateral trade deal between Ecuador and China. While Ecuador would prefer to prioritize negotiating …

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Senate should confirm Biden picks for top multilateral postings

Great power competition has come to the multilateral system. There are legitimate concerns among Republicans in the Senate about parts of President Biden’s foreign policy and domestic agendas. Some Republican Senators have put holds on appointments to multilateral institutions that require Senate confirmation. But, if both Republicans and Democrats agree that China is openly exploiting the multilateral …

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Biden needs to directly engage Brazil’s President Bolsonaro

Like it or not, the Biden administration needs to forge a new partnership with the Bolsonaro government in Brazil if it wants to achieve consequential results in the Western Hemisphere. Brazil is too big, too influential, and too important in the Americas to ignore, as Biden currently is doing. Brazil also is key to and supportive …

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U.S. should reject Sunday’s farce elections in Nicaragua

On Sunday, Nov. 7, Nicaragua will hold fraudulent elections. These elections should be repudiated. President Daniel Ortega, who has taken countless steps to silence political opponents and eviscerate Nicaragua’s electoral system, is all but guaranteed re-election. The United States, our Western Hemisphere neighbors and dozens of other countries in the world, will not recognize this election. After …

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Reimagining the Peace Corps for the next 60 years

The Peace Corps celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are currently no Peace Corps volunteers serving abroad. As the Peace Corps program practices resiliency and adapts to a post-COVID landscape, it should also use this moment to answer long-existing questions that can redirect the Peace Corps to a more …

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The West needs to help Moldova now

In July, the people of Moldova elected the most pro-Western government in the country’s history. Given this recent positive change in the Moldovan political tide, there has never been a better time for the United States, the European Union, and international organizations such as the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development …

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World Bank must keep “Doing Business”

The “Doing Business” report is the most important contribution the World Bank has made to global development in the last 25 years. The discovery that high-level World Bank staff tampered with the 2018 and 2020 data, affecting the scores and rankings of four out of the 190 countries, undermined the credibility of “Doing Business” and gave credence …

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America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries

If the United States truly wants a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) must be a greater part of the United States Indo-Pacific strategy. The PICs region consists of 15 island states with a population of 2.7 million people. It covers an area larger than the continent of Africa, spans 15 percent of …

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It’s in our interest to turn the page on relations with Suriname

Suriname is poised to attract substantial foreign direct investments in the near future. In 2020, this small South American nation discovered an estimated 10 billion barrels of oil and gas reserves in the Suriname-Guyana Basin. The country is on the verge of experiencing a significant increase in wealth due to these new oil discoveries. At the same …

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