Category: AFP

Effects of Obama’s visit could reshape Cuba

AFP Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba was light on immediate results but was heavy on symbolism, and its effects have the ability to shift Cuba’s future, analysts said Tuesday… Expert quote: “The most important effect of the whole visit, in my […]

Obama, Castro hold groundbreaking Cuba talks

AFP Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro met Monday in Havana’s Palace of the Revolution for groundbreaking talks on ending the decades-long standoff between the two neighbors… Expert quote: “I think Raul does not want a warm relationship […]

Raul Castro: the revolutionary who made peace

AFP Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Cuban President Raul Castro has proved far more pragmatic than his brother, iconic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, ushering in a historic thaw in relations with the United States while managing to preserve the communist regime… Expert quote: “Venezuela and Chavez seemed […]

China Sees Backlash To Graft-Busting ‘Tiger’ Hunt: Analysts

AFP Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The jailing of China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang marks the highest point of a corruption crackdown pushed by President Xi Jinping, but efforts appear to be slowing with analysts citing opposition from officials… Expert quote: “(party) elders would have had to […]

Chinese investment not Brazil panacea: analysts

AFP Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Brazil may have received a $53 billion investment boost from China but the South American giant would be unwise to view investment from the Asian superpower as a panacea to its economic woes, analysts said… Expert quote: “Growth projections are way down […]

Challenge to plain tobacco packaging is crucial test for trade rules

AFP Michael Siegel, School of Public Health A landmark challenge to Australia’s plain-packaging law for cigarettes and cigars at the WTO could have vast implications for how governments square the rules of trade with radical public health measures… Expert quote: “Resolution of this dispute is critical because it will go a long way toward indicating […]