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Samuel George Twitter: @SamuelGeorge76

Samuel George is a project manager specializing in Latin America at the Washington, DC-based Bertelsmann Foundation.
  • Cuba in Transition, Will the US Respond?

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    The United States’ embargo against Cuba is like the war on drugs – everyone in Washington realizes the policy is shortsighted and ineffective, yet nobody steps forward to change it. The Soviets appear increasingly unlikely to use Cuba as a conduit to spread international communism throughout the Americas. Anyone worth […]

  • The Pacific Pumas

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    As the world grapples with stimulating employment, growth and innovation, a new club of countries is emerging as an engine of regional growth. Through improved governance, liberalized trade and stable macroeconomics, the economies of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile have rallied in recent years. Rather than following the lead of […]

  • The Ghost of Artemio Cruz

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    The Mexico of Artemio Cruz was supposed to be dead. The Mexico of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI); of corrupt and cynical insiders such as Carlos Fuentes’ fictional character was supposed to have ended with the advent of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, or perhaps with the […]

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    Post-Chávez Venezuela: A Country on the Edge

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    On October 7, 2012 at 11:32 PM, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez emerged on the balcony of El Palacio de Miraflores in front of thousands of supporters to accept re-election through 2019. Thus ended months of speculation. Would Chávez, diagnosed with cancer in 2011, live to the election? Had urban voters […]