On June 29, the Latin America Initiative (LAI) at Brookings and the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) hosted a panel of experts from Latin America to discuss the significance of the renewed hemispheric partnership between the U.S. and Latin America. In this video from the event, LAI director Mauricio Cárdenas discusses the challenges of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and how the focus has changed since President Obama took office.
[Targeting Rouhani’s brother] is a very convenient way to cause pain to the family without necessarily provoking a crisis of office. The general message that the rest of the system is trying to send to Rouhani is not to get too far ahead of himself, to not allow his decisive election victory to give him illusions of greater autonomy and authority than his position actually has.
There's often a temptation to look for some kind of logic [in the arrests of students and dual nationals in Iran]... I think that this particular case [of Xiyue Wang] highlights the fact that the logic is simply the paranoia of the Islamic Republic—its judiciary and its security services in particular.