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Mar 26, 2015 0 Comments

Venezuela Has Earned Her Stripes as a National Security Threat Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: JOSEPH HUMIRE

On March 9, 2015, the White House declared a “national emergency” in Venezuela, affirming that the Chavistas pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to US national security and foreign policy. Many analysts and governments across the region cried foul, claiming this executive order was blasphemous or an exaggeration at best.

At a time when ISIS and Al Qaeda are threatening US military members and their families, and rogue regimes like North Korea are hacking defense systems — surely Venezuela should not sit atop the list of national security concerns?

I can assure you, they do not. But this is missing the point…. Continue Reading »

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Mar 24, 2015 0 Comments

Is It Time to Rebalance China’s Latin American Portfolio? Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ

China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang recently told delegates at the National People’s Congress the country’s economy would grow at about 7 percent this year. The projection reflects a slowdown as China works to consolidate its gains over the past decade and build a stronger, more modern service and information-based economy. This is a good time to review China’s portfolio in Latin America.

Prime Minister Li’s report comes amid good news as China overtook the United States in inbound foreign direct investments (FDI) for the first time since 2003. With an impressive $128 billion invested in China and Hong Kong, the two placed first and second, while the U.S. came in third.

Equally important is China’s out bound investments, which set records in 2012 with the U.S. as the primary recipient in energy, transportation and the financial services. The countries of Asia, Africa and Latin American also benefited from inflows of Chinese capital.  In January, China announced its intention to invest $250 billion in Latin America over the next decade. While the figure is promising, the nature and distribution of investments is far more complicated…. Continue Reading »

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Mar 20, 2015 0 Comments

The real ISIS crisis Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: Candice Malcolm

Are we missing the real threat in the war against ISIS?

It’s tough to tell. As with any foreign conflict being fought in a faraway land, we don’t have a clear picture of what exactly is going on in Iraq and Syria. But before Parliament votes on whether Canada should extend and possibly expand its military mission in Iraq, it’s important we try to assess the threat ISIS poses to Canada and the rest of the world.

The momentum ISIS had gathered through its fierce and relentless propaganda campaign seems to have plateaued. U.S.-led coalition air raids have stopped any territorial progress made by ISIS fighters.

ISIS has lost 25% of its peak territory, thanks in part to Canada’s efforts…. Continue Reading »