Daniel Ortega has dug in his heels against a mediated solution to the crisis in Nicaragua. His intransigence and the politicization of the state makes it difficult to find a mediated exit to a looming civil war.
UNASUR’s failure goes beyond political fortunes. The rhetoric of integration fell flat in the face of reticent national bureaucracies unwilling or unable to give up sovereignty and protectionist policies.
The defeat of U.S. candidate to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is a troubling sign of declining U.S. leverage and moral authority in the hemisphere, and not just on matters of human rights.