Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Council on Foreign Relations

In Mexico Visit, Biden Opposes Drugs Legalization
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reiterated U.S. opposition to legalizing illicit drugs (NYT) as an approach to combating drug violence in Latin American countries, following a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón. Biden is a on a two-day visit to Mexico and Honduras.
COLOMBIA: President Juan Manuel Santos is set to travel to Havana this week for talks with his Cuban and Venezuelan counterparts over Cuba's potential participation in April's Americas Summit (LAHT), to be held in Cartagena. Cuba was suspended from the Organization of American States in 1962.
Under President Raúl Castro, Cuba has begun economic and political reforms while bolstering ties with Brazil and the Vatican. But Washington has failed to seize on opportunities for expanding relations, says CFR's Julia E. Sweig in this CFR Interview.