Publications & Commentary

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How Not To Encourage Liberalization In Cuba


South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Apr-16-2003 | Article

The arrest and long-term imprisonment of dozens of dissidents in Cuba and the execution of three men who attempted to hijack a boat represent so glaring an overreaction on the part of the Cuban government as to suggest a certain degree of irrationality, for they harm the Cuban government more than anyone else.... Read More »

Provocation, war spawned Cuba crackdown


Baltimore Sun, Apr-15-2003 | Article

BEFORE LAST month's deplorable crackdown on dissidents in Cuba, the situation there had seemed to be inching toward somewhat greater tolerance.... Read More »

Memorandum: Colombia Aid in Iraq Supplemental

by , Ingrid Vaicius

Apr-02-2003 | Policy Brief

The emergency supplemental appropriation for Iraq, which Congress will debate tomorrow, includes $105 million in new assistance for the armed forces of Colombia... Read More »

Dismal Diplomacy


South Florida Sun Sentinel, Mar-27-2003 | Article

It is true that even had we given the U.N. inspectors more time, in the end we still might have had to use force to disarm Saddam Hussein. But it is also true that with competent diplomacy and a little more patience, we could have gone to war with the full support of the U.N. and of the overwhelming majority of other nations.... Read More »

Memorandum: Bush Administration Supplemental Aid Request

by , Ingrid Vaicius

Mar-26-2003 | Policy Brief

On March 25 the Bush administration sent to Congress a request for supplemental funding "to cover military operations, relief and reconstruction activities in Iraq... Read More »

Memorandum: The U.S. Military Presence in Colombia

by , Ingrid Vaicius

Feb-26-2003 | Policy Brief

On February 13, a plane carrying four Defense Department-funded contractors and a Colombian sergeant was forced to make an emergency landing... Read More »

Iraq in check


Baltimore Sun, Feb-09-2003 | Article

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's statement to the U.N. Security Council was a compelling case for intensifying international inspection, but not war.... Read More »

The "War on Drugs" meets the "War on Terror"

by Ingrid Vacius

Feb-03-2003 | Report

In 2000 – an age ago, in foreign-policy terms – U.S. involvement in war-torn Colombia was big news. The Clinton Administration moved through Congress a special aid bill just for Colombia and its neighbors.... Read More »

Dirty Money and Its Global Effects

by , Brionne Dawson, Ilya Shulman, Clint Brewer

Jan-06-2003 | Report

The globalizing era has produced an explosion in the volume of illegitimate commercial and financial transactions. North American and European banking and investment institutions have been flooded with laundered and ill-gotten gains. Amounting to trillions of dollars, most of these sums are generated through secretive ar- rangements between co- operating but distant private-sector entities.... Read More »

Enhancing Democratic Governance of the Security Sector: An Institutional Assessment Framework

by , Luc van de Goor, Tsjeard Bouta

Jan-01-2003 | Report

Security sector reform has assumed an increasingly prominent role on the international agenda over the last five years. It has been linked with debates on poverty alleviation, sustainable development, professionalization of the security forces, and good governance.... Read More »

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