This E-book follows a July 2020 two-day conference co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Suriname and Global Americans. The virtual summit brought together regional and international experts to examine possible paths toward political, environmental, and economic stability in the Caribbean. Relatively recent discoveries of large oil reserves off the coasts of Guyana and Suriname on the one hand, and growing Venezuelan refugee flows on the other, loomed in the backdrop of many panel discussions. The conference concluded with a number of recommendations, including a call for increased U.S. attention to the region in terms of both foreign assistance and engagement by senior-level policymakers. This report details the analysis and recommendations made by these experts.
In collaboration with Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs and with support from U.S. Southern Command, Global Americans has written three reports looking at future trends in Central America, the Caribbean and South America. The reports examine five specific areas—transnational security challenges, institutional capacity, economic growth, demographics, and technology—and how they will shape politics, economic and U.S. relations by 2030. In addition, the reports examine the impact of climate change/extreme weather, outside actors (Russia and China), and the humanitarian crisis and potential collapse in Venezuela.
Between 2017-2019, and with the support of the Ford Foundation, Global Americans convened a High-Level Working Group on Inter-American Relations, comprising former policymakers, business leaders, and scholars, to discuss bipartisan and cross-regional ways that the current U.S. administration can build and improve upon the achievements of the past two decades of inter-American relations. With a first round of five papers published in April 2018, the Working Group has released an additional three papers in November 2019.
In collaboration with FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Global Americans produced a white paper for U.S. Southern Command titled “The Future of U.S.-Colombian Relations.” The report, based on several months of research, looks at potential scenarios for security, diplomatic, and economic relations between the two allies in the context of dramatic changes to Colombia’s party system, growing political polarization, and the humanitarian and political crises in Venezuela.
Made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy (as well as the Ford Foundation and private donors), Global Americans’ produced five reports analyzing and tracking the foreign policies of governments in the Americas and those of other select countries of the Global South as they relate to democracy and human rights, and the international norms and practices that have emerged in the past 50 years to defend and protect them. The goal is to promote greater discussion and accountability of foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere and monitor governments’ commitments in words and deeds to the liberal global order.
Based on our National Endowment for Democracy (NED) research, we have compiled individual country reports on how governments have voted and acted in international forums regarding human rights and democratic norms. The information includes governments’ voting records and activities at the UN Human Rights Council, their participation and votes on the UN NGO Committee, their participation in and contributions to the Inter-American human rights system, their voting records at the Organization of American States (OAS) on matters related to the Inter-American Democratic Charter, their acceptance of credible international election monitoring missions, and their commitments to international treaties and domestic laws to reduce corruption and promote transparency.