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The Risks of Chinese Engagement in the Americas

In the past two decades, People’s Republic of China- (PRC) based companies have invested $160 billion in Latin America. Twenty one of our neighbors there have pledged themselves to China’s “Belt and road Initiative.”

The PRC is attempting to “rewire” the region to its own economic benefit, securing access to commodities and markets, capturing the value added for itself, focusing on “connectivity.”

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Colombia as a Case Study for US Foreign Policy A Strategic Policy Proposal for the United States of America
Colombia as a Case Study for US Foreign Policy A Strategic Policy Proposal for the United States of America

Creating and Maintaining non-Binary Strategic Foreign Policy The foreign policy of the United States of America is in danger of failing to innovate to meet the challenges of a developing, changing, and increasingly competitive world. The growing threat to developing tailored strategic foreign policy has grown from the academic channelization of two basic different schools of thought. These have evolved into binary sets of policies with only the slightest of deviations and nuances. Although some foreign policy language has started to address complexities, conversation is still incredibly stove piped into concepts of isolationism being associated with realism and global engagement with liberalism.

Emotional Intelligence: A Key Feature for Army Leaders
Emotional Intelligence: A Key Feature for Army Leaders

Nowadays, changes are taking place in political, economic, and social scenarios, and people increasingly adapt quickly to new models of social interaction. Even though these interactions may bring advantages, they also show   problems and challenges to overcome. Human behaviors and the complexity of this interaction are some factors that show how leaders should be adaptive and able to be dynamic enough in order to provide positive outcomes. Because the information and the situational understanding change every day, it is essential to have leaders capable of responding to today’s dynamic operational environment.

The Transitional World Order: Implications for Latin America and the Caribbean
The Transitional World Order: Implications for Latin America and the Caribbean

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—indirectly underwritten by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and with the Western response hampered by the threat of nuclear war—highlights a world transitioning away from the institutional, economic, and ideological order that has prevailed since the end of World War II. The transition will have significant and grave implications, and its dynamics are likely to be uneven, with the U.S. and democratic, market-oriented states likely to be some of the most adversely affected.

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The advice I can give my good friend, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, Admiral Craig Faller, is to leave happy and at ease, because you did your job… I’m sure the United States has a lot to thank you for.”
Army General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez, commanding general of the Colombian Military Forces
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Heidi Carolina Portillo Lagos, undersecretary of State at the Honduran Office of National Defense
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The Unified Action Acceleration Plan is something that we have created at the Ministry of National Defense as an initiative to coordinate all civil and military action, working closely with key social entities at the national level.
Colombian Vice Minister of Defense for Policies and International Affairs Sandra Alzate Cifuentes