W. Alejandro Sanchez

W. Alejandro Sanchez is a researcher who focuses on geopolitical, military, and cyber security issues in the Western Hemisphere. Follow him on Twitter: @W_Alex_Sanchez
Should the US Become Involved in Libya, Again?
Should the US Become Involved in Libya, Again?

General Khalifa Haftar’s Libya National Army (LNA) is inching its way closer to Tripoli, as fighting continues against the Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj.

Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s Trip to Israel Concludes with No Embassy Transfer (Yet)
Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s Trip to Israel Concludes with No Embassy Transfer (Yet)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro traveled to Israel for a four-day visit, where he agreed to open a trade office in Jerusalem, instead of moving the Brazilian embassy there.

Should the US Sell Weapons to States That Commit Human Rights Violations?
Should the US Sell Weapons to States That Commit Human Rights Violations?

New legislation has been introduced to the US Congress that seeks to stop US weapons from being sold to states that are known human rights abusers or have ties to violent movements.

The Church and the Venezuelan Crisis: Keeping the Faith Can Be Difficult
The Church and the Venezuelan Crisis: Keeping the Faith Can Be Difficult

As the situation in Venezuela becomes more complex and violent, the church has maintained a two-prong position: it has attempted to remain neutral while calling for peace and dialogue at the same time.

The Upcoming Meeting Between Presidents Trump and Bolsonaro: A Realist Friendship
The Upcoming Meeting Between Presidents Trump and Bolsonaro: A Realist Friendship

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil will meet with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 19, as part of his trip to Washington, DC. Most generally expect that the two leaders will get along, as the new Brazilian leader has declared himself a fan of the American president.

Venezuela: How Far Will Nicolás Maduro Go to Stay in Power?
Venezuela: How Far Will Nicolás Maduro Go to Stay in Power?

The date February 23 will be remembered as the showdown between Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó against de facto President Nicolás Maduro, as the latter seeks to remain in power at all costs.

Don’t Call it a Coup: Venezuela, Maduro, and the Crisis of Legitimacy

The international community is picking sides in the ongoing governmental crisis in Venezuela, a South American nation that currently has two presidents: interim President Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by several Latin American nations, Australia, Georgia, the U.S., to name a few; and President Nicolas Maduro, who is supported by the governments of Bolivia, China, Cuba, Russia, among others.

How Should the US Deal with the Congo’s President Tshisekedi?
How Should the US Deal with the Congo’s President Tshisekedi?

President Félix Tshisekedi was sworn in as the new president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on January 24, marking the Kabila dynasty’s end.

Tensions along the US-Mexico Border: Using “Lethal Force” against Migrants
Tensions along the US-Mexico Border: Using “Lethal Force” against Migrants

W. Alejandro Sanchez: Trump’s inflammatory language is not helpful. Rather than engaging with the governments of Central America or the new administration in Mexico, or with the caravan leaders themselves, the president has focused on militarizing the border, vilifying the migrants, and threatening US allies.

The US and Latin America’s “Troika of Tyranny”
The US and Latin America’s “Troika of Tyranny”

National Security Advisor John Bolton labeled the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela as Latin America’s “Troika of Tyranny.” Does this signal a drastic change in US foreign policy toward Latin America? Or can we expect more of the same?