After a year as part of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff, Evan Ellis details his time at state, and recounts the uncomfortable sense that the department was not achieving significant advancements in U.S. policy goals.
A group of nine Republican U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo asking him to cut U.S. funding to the IACHR. What they’re doing is undercutting their own party’s human rights agenda.
On the third episode of “Two gringos with questions,” your hosts talked to Ambassador Shannon on the importance of U.S. presence in the region and his secrets for surviving thousands of meetings and briefings.
A cancelled State Department panel on Cuba offers a teachable moment for the U.S. government. The Trump Administration should re-establish appropriate boundaries between politics, policy and intelligence on matters of Cuba.
Even in the countries the administration is supposedly focused on, the U.S. State Department has been MIA. Whether in appointments, announcements or vision, Tillerson and his team have left an unprecedented vacuum.
Here is the text of the written answers on U.S. policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean Rex Tillerson submitted to the Senate for his confirmation hearing. The answers cover Mexico, the Colombia peace process, the opening to Cuba and human rights, and political prisoners in Venezuela, among other topics.