Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Obama's Foreign Policy Advisor on Latin America

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a progressive think tank that focuses on the Americas, has an interesting review of Gregory Craig, who is one of Obama's senior foreign policy advisors and who focuses on Latin America. The article addresses both Craig's strengths as an advisor, but also reviews some of Craig's behavior that raises questions about whether some of his past dealings in the region make him unsuitable for a progressive hemispheric foreign policy advisory position with the Obama campaign. In the end, the COHA declares that, all things considered, Craig would be an acceptable and appropriate choice for progressives as a senior foreign policy advisor to Obama on Latin America. But read the article for yourself and let's hear whether you agree with COHA.

**Crossposted at Cuaderno Latinoamericano

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

thanks for posting this. i guess when you're a defense attorney, you will always garner some strong opposition depending on who you choose to defend. what's worrisome about the bolivia issue is that the chavez, castro, morales, and even lula chronies are gonna have a field day with this. but i guess that will win obama some brownie points among voters in this country. my personal hunch about his past in latin america is that, from a legal perspective, there's some consistency in who he chooses to represent...so the lozada support makes sense. from a larger theoretical/political perspective, there are some crazy contradictions. and i think lozada should be extradited.