|Bright Beginnings, Failed Finales: The Sexenio Pattern of US Perceptions of Mexican Counter Narcotics Efforts
||US perceptions of Mexican counter narcotics policy reveal a consistent pattern. Since each administration enters office pledging policy modifications that will result in success, the US government greets each new sexenio with anticipation and expect...
|The Colombianization of Mexico? The Evolving Mexican Drug War
||Poorly understood situations give rise to poorly planned policies that are unlikely to achieve their objectives. Since Mexico differs from Colombia, a “Colombian” solution is unlikely to work. This paper seeks to correct this misunderstanding by id...
||This essay argues that globalization, Cuban-style, is not globalization. The reasons why globalization is not occurring in Cuba emanates from both internal and external factors. Thus, globalization, or even a variation, cannot occur until changes tak...
|Lessons to Build On: The 1994 Mexican Presidential Election
||Examines the 1994 presidential election as a way to comprehend the scope and pace of Mexican democratization and to derive general lessons about democratic reforms. Brief review of the reforms and accords reached in 1994 and an analysis of their impa...
|The NAFTA(-ization) of Sexual Harassment: The Experiences of Canada, Mexico and the United States
|THE POLITICS OF HELMS-BURTON: Explaining a Cold War Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
||This paper argues that domestic politics, rather than international politics, best explains why Helms-Burton became law. But, “domestic politics” does not imply a single factor. Rather, a number of factors that shape domestic politics contributed t...
|Rational Choice or Capricious Whim? Analyzing the Decision-Making behind Cuban Economic Reform
||Rational choice theory offers an alternative perspective. This method argues that decision makers make choices that reflect a preference between outcomes. Such utility maximization offers a degree of flexibility. As Geddes notes (2000), analysts d...
|The Song Remains the Same: Cuban and Cuban-American Reactions to the New US Government Regulations
||This paper assesses the impact of the measures on domestic politics in Cuba and the United States. We begin by establishing the status of US-Cuban relations during the 1990s and early part of the 200s. We then turn to the May 6th announcement by Pr...
|When the Personal is Political: a review of three books: Islam and Equality, Searching for Life, & The Space between Us
||A book review essay incorporating: Islam and Equality, Searching for Life, & The Space between Us