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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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Brazilian Navy Conducts Scientific Expedition in the South Atlantic Ocean
Brazilian Navy Conducts Scientific Expedition in the South Atlantic Ocean

In the first trimester of 2022, the Brazilian Navy (MB) carried out a scientific expedition to islands of the South Atlantic Ocean, with the objective of studying and safeguarding Brazilian jurisdictional waters and their multiple extraordinary resources. The month-long trip, carried out on board the Almirante Graça Aranha hydro-oceanographic ship, had a crew of 116 people, including military personnel and civilian researchers. The initiative was considered unprecedented because it was the first time that military and researchers spent the night on Martin Vaz Island, located 1,550 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, at the tip of a chain [ … ]

The Caribbean in the Crossfire, Between COVID-19, Narcotics, China, and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
The Caribbean in the Crossfire, Between COVID-19, Narcotics, China, and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Strategic Importance of the Caribbean Basin The Caribbean is strategically vital as the southeast maritime approach to the United States. It is a key hub and transit area for commercial logistics serving the eastern coast of the United States as well as the Atlantic side of Central and South America. The region is connected to the United States through ties of commerce, geography, and family. Not only is the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico situated centrally in the Caribbean between the Dominican Republic and the Leeward Antilles islands, but significant diasporas of Cubans, Jamaicans, Dominicans, Haitians, and others are found [ … ]

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 [ … ]

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. In this context, emotional intelligence can be defined as [ … ]

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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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WHINSEC [Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation] and SOUTHCOM [U.S. Southern Command] have helped us a lot, because they have invested a lot in our education. With WHINSEC, it has been an ongoing experience, since our soldiers train there every year, allowing them to get familiar with other structures and lines of thought to create positive changes in education, training, culture, and military discipline.
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