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Susan Purcell

Monday, July 29, 2019

Topic: Regime Change in Venezuela?

Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell is an independent consultant on Latin America based in Miami, Florida.  Prior to that, she was Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami and Vice President of the Council of the Americas, a not-for-profit U.S. business organization of mainly Fortune 500 companies with investments in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.  She was also a Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Project at the Council on Foreign Relations and was a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff during the Carter and Reagan administrations.  Before joining the U.S. government, Dr. Purcell was a tenured professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She holds MA and PhD degrees in political science from Columbia University and a BA degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from Barnard College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Dr. Purcell was a director of Valero Energy Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, from 1994-2018.  She also served on a number of non-profit boards including the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the International Women’s Forum (Miami/Dade and Broward chapter).  She has done extensive consulting on Latin American economic, trade, investment and political issues for U.S. and foreign corporations.  A recognized authority on Latin America, she has written, co-authored or co-edited eleven books and has published over 200 articles on Latin American economic, financial, political and foreign policy issues and has commented regularly on developments in Latin America on television programs in the United States and Latin America.

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    Topic: Regime Change in Venezuela?
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Announcements

Transatlantic Populism

Posted on Wednesday June 19

by John Shattuck The US and the European Union (EU) are confronted to-day by a surge of populist nationalism that presents multiple challenges to transatlantic democracy.   Populism is a form of grassroots rebellion against governing elites with a long history and complex relationship to democracy, as illustrated by two historical examples, the rebellions in colonial […]

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Posted on Tuesday May 14

By Anne Barnard Nearly 128,000 people are missing inside a sprawling system of secret prisons run by the Syrian government. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have passed through it since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, as the authorities used torture — and the fear of it — to crack down on […]

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Why the U.S. Should Stay Out of Saudi Politics – Let the Royal Family Do Its Job

Posted on Wednesday April 24

By F. Gregory Gause III In the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, I wrote that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had consolidated his position within the ruling family to such a degree that he was free of the constraints imposed by the collective leadership model that characterized the Saudi regime in the past. That freedom […]

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Posted on Sunday February 10

by the GroundTruth Project   BOSTON — One third of the world’s people now live in countries that are becoming less democratic, including India, the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Thailand, Ukraine, Hungary and Poland.  According to the latest annual Freedom in the World report by the NGO Freedom House, global freedom has declined for […]

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Posted on Wednesday August 29

By Michael McFaul.          “I thought I was done worrying about Vladimir Putin. I left Moscow in 2014 as the departing U.S. ambassador, after Putin spent my two-year stint deploying state-controlled media outlets and their surrogates to propagate disinformation about me. He’d been received tepidly in his campaign to retake the presidency from his ally, Dmitry […]

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“The Magnitsky Affair”

Posted on Tuesday August 28

By Amy Knight (New York Review):       “Last May, a money-laundering suit brought by the United States against Prevezon Holdings Ltd., a Cyprus-based real estate corporation, was unexpectedly settled three days before it was set to go to trial. The case had been at the center of a major international political controversy. Prevezon, which is owned by a […]

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“The Theology of American National Security”

Posted on Friday December 4

by Andrew Bacevich         In April 2003, with Baghdad occupied by American troops, the top officials of the Bush administration were already dreaming of building bases in Iraq that would be garrisoned more or less in perpetuity. Everyone was too polite to call them “permanent bases,” so they were sometimes referred to […]

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