Our trips to the region, and the dialogue we pursue in Washington DC with leading political actors and experts in the foreign policy arena, provide us first-hand access information and in-depth analysis. We regularly write research pieces on key subjects relating to U.S.-Latin America policy and relationships. You can find below our research reports classified by country.
These comprehensive resources compiled in 2008-2009 look at why it is in the national interest to change our policy towards Cuba and explains the possible impact of lifting restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. In addition, the packet includes various letters in support of lifting the ban on travel to Cuba for All Americans from business, agriculture, Cubans, Cuban-Americans, human rights, religious, and retired military individuals and groups.
Sep. 18-21 2008
Cuba in the last weeks was hit hard by 4 hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike did in excess of $5 billion in damage to the island. Remarkably, only seven Cuban lives were lost.
In response to a request from Sarah Stephens and The Freedom to Travel Campaign at the Center for International Policy, The Brattle Group analyzed the long-term impact on the U.S. economy of lifting restrictions on travel by Americans to Cuba. The final report, produced in 2002 and titled “The Impact on the U.S. Economy of Lifting Restrictions on Travel to Cuba” is available for download here.
November 9, 2009
This report examines what has taken place in El Salvador under the presidency of Mauricio Funes since his inauguration on June 1, 2009. El Salvador has undergone an historic transformation, from civil war and twenty years of conservative rule to a guerrilla army-turned political party and democratically elected government. While the first one hundred days of any new administration may be a premature time frame to judge progress, in the case of El Salvador, this moment does provide valuable insight as to the direction, priorities and capacity of its new leadership. To read this report, click here. Here, a version of this report in Spanish: Un nuevo capítulo para El Salvador: Los primeros cien días del Presidente Mauricio Funes.
March 15, 2009
This election was a testimony of faith by Salvadorans in their system. The result symbolized a triumph by Salvadorans over their fears – fears of a close election or a tainted result, fears that the results of the election might spark a return to civil conflict, and fears that an FMLN victory would cause a rupture with the United States to which El Salvador is closely tied.