News and Analysis: Costa Rica
The alliance of Venezuela and Cuba took a major leap with the signing of 14 economic accords by Hugo Chávez and Raúl Castro on Oct. 15. The pacts include massive energy and communications projects between the two countries.
The Bush administration’s major free trade project in Latin America—the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement—now faces a major challenge. Although the other participating nations have formally ratified the agreement, in Costa Rica a popular opposition movement has forced the ratification process out of the legislature and into a national referendum.