Sixth Summit of the Americas: 8 things to watch

Yes, the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena will debate drug policy and Cuba. And when you're done reading the thousandth boring article on those topics, you may wonder what else is going to be discussed. Here are eight other things to watch at the Summit:

(A version of this post ran on the author's blog, The views expressed are the author's own.)

1. The actual Summit agenda

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Colombian army soldiers stroll with a companion dressed as a sailor as they contact pedestrians in a public relations campaign, as heads of state arrived for the Americas Summit in Cartagena April 13. The Americas Summit runs from April 14-15.

You may not know it from the media coverage, but the Summit has an agenda and there [is] a list of topics that will be officially discussed. The leaders are supposed to spend the majority of the time talking about topics like physical infrastructure integration, citizen security, poverty and inequality, disaster relief, and access to technology. Will any new projects come of those five topics? Will a final declaration be agreed to by all the countries? Some of these topic aren't overly controversial and there is room for agreement by all countries, if they can actually focus on them.

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