Geoff Thale (Program Director for WOLA – The Washington Office on Latin America)
Commentary by M. Nazif Shahrani (Professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies at IU)
Geoff Thale’s areas of expertise include U.S. Policy toward Latin America, Cuba and U.S.-Cuban relations, Central America, El Salvador, Youth Gangs, Crime and Violence Prevention. Thale oversees the entire range of WOLA’s research and advocacy on Latin America policy and human rights issues. He is well-respected for his strategic policy analysis, rooted in his close relationships to people working in the region.
Along with a focus on specific countries and themes, Thale led the team that authored Forging New Ties, WOLA’s recommendations for new directions in U.S. policy toward Latin America. In January of this year Geoff Thale followed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Latin America and wrote “Ahmadinejad in Latin America: What does the Iranian leader’s trip portend?” Much has been made recently of the Iranian presence in Latin America, and the challenge this is said to pose to U.S. interests and U.S. security. Thale looks at Iranian govern-ment contacts with Latin America, President Ahmadinejad's two visits to the region, and the interests of Latin American governments in relations with Iran.
See Geoff Thale's article, titled "Ahmadinejad in Latin America: What does the Iranian leader’s trip portend?" at wola.org/commentary/ahmadinejad_in_latin_america