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Before it even began, the 7th triennial Summit of the Americas was considered a success by many, based simply on the invitation list. Did it live up to the hype?

On Tuesday, the White House announced that it plans to remove the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, representing another step forward in the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

While the Iranian nuclear deal appears on the surface to be quite an accomplishment, getting to a final agreement is no sure thing.

During a recent visit to Guatemala on March 2, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden praised the achievements made by the UN-sponsored Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala , but Central American leaders seem to differ.

U.S.-based IDT Domestic Telecom, Inc. and the state-run telecommunications company Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba, S.A. (Cuban Telecommunications Enterprise, S.A.—ETECSA) have re-established a direct telephone link between the two countries.

This week’s likely top stories: U.S.-Cuba talks promising; New delegation for FARC peace talks; Dollar strengthens against Latin American currencies; Tabaré Vázquez takes office; Peruvian businesses to learn from Costa Rican ecotourism.

Delegates from the U.S. and Cuba met at the State Department today to continue negotiations to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Scholars have less influence over Washington policymaking than they like to think.

This week's likely top stories: Venezuelan opposition leaders halt protests in Caracas; Haiti swears in its nine-member Provisional Electoral Council; the U.S. hosts the first-ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit; AT&T acquires Nextel Mexico; Rio’s environment secretary announces that Guanabara Bay will not be clean in time for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy leads the first official congressional delegation to Cuba since the restoration of diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island nation on December 17. 


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