Posts Categorized: Analysis

Citizenship and Sovereignty: An Old Debate That Echoes Today

In 1998, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a widely anticipated hearing on two bills (H.R. 856, S. 472) to determine the political status of Puerto Rico. It was as it has remained to this day a U.S. territory, a status quo that has failed to reach political resolution for the people of… Read more »

Risks for an Associated Republic of Puerto Rico


If the Puerto Rico Status Act becomes law, Puerto Rico will no longer be a territory of the United States. It will be the 51st state, or the Republic of Puerto Rico, or perhaps the Associated Republic of Puerto Rico. Statehood is a clear and certain status; the U.S. Constitution requires that new states enter… Read more »

U.N. Again Considers Next Step for Puerto Rico

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The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization approved a resolution this month “reaffirming the inalienable right of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination and independence.” Over the past 50 years, this committee has made this same resolution 40 times. As Andrés L. Córdova, a law professor at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, pointed out… Read more »