Summit of the Americas
Before it even began, the 7th triennial Summit of the Americas was considered a success by many, based simply on the invitation list. Did it live up to the hype?

This week’s likely top stories: Brazilians demonstrate against corruption; Colombian generals investigated;  Obama and Castro hold meeting; Puerto Rico seeks debt help; Chilean communities fight mining companies over water.

As the leaders of almost every nation in the Americas arrive in Panama, this opening act has set the stage for the rest of the summit—appropriately centered on the “challenge of cooperation in the Americas.” One can only hope the long-awaited U.S.-Cuba thaw will set the example for Cuba’s own internal reconciliation.

 

Clashes between Cuban and Venezuelan dissidents and pro-government supporters marked the initial proceedings of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City on Wednesday, two days before the summit officially begins.

There could be very important diplomatic exchanges behind the scenes at the Summit of the Americas, which could prove pivotal for the world’s response to global climate change.

The U.S. can save the upcoming Summit of the Americas—and update its anachronistic Cuba policy—in one fell swoop.

If the U.S. wants to keep the Summit of the Americas process on track and regain some measure of influence in the hemisphere, it will have to change its Cuba policy, pronto.

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