Friday, June 24, 2016

'Brexit' threatens to undermine U.S.-Britain special relationship | Reuters

Britain’s decision to quit the European Union could send damaging shockwaves through the bedrock Anglo-American “special relationship,” raising questions about London’s willingness and ability to back U.S.-led efforts in global crises ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. The loss of the strongest pro-U.S. voice within the 28-nation bloc, as a result of the “Brexit” referendum, threatens to weaken Washington’s influence in European policymaking and embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin to further challenge the West, analysts and former diplomats say.

Please Leave: Why Brexit Would Benefit Europe| Foreign Affairs

Please Leave | Foreign Affairs

US: Under Secretary Shannon's Meetings in Venezuela

Britain’s Point of No Return | Foreign Affairs

Weekly Chart: Panama Canal Trade before and after the Expansion | AS/COA

Viewpoint: Four Reasons Why the U.S.-Chile Tax Treaty Is Vital | AS/COA

Dim prospects for dialogue in Venezuela | Brookings Institution

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Britain Votes to Leave the European Union - The New York Times

Britain Votes to Leave the European Union - The New York Times

OAS head calls for recall of Maduro to restore democracy in spiraling Venezuela - The Washington Post

The head of the Organization of American States, seeking to help wrest Venezuela out of a deepening crisis that has led to food riots, on Thursday urged support for a recall referendum against President Nicol├ís Maduro. OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said the government in Caracas was responsible for the near-collapse of Venezuela’s economy and had resisted offers of humanitarian help to rescue the country from its downward spiral of chaos and violence.

“This crisis is reaching a breaking point,” Almagro said in a report to ambassadors from the 34 countries that make up the regional bloc of nations, including the United States and Canada. “These challenges cannot be blamed on external forces. The situation facing Venezuela today is the direct result of the actions of those currently in power.”