- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Worth a shot, I guess:
Evo Morales, the socialist president of the arid nation high in the Andes, on Tuesday asked the US actor to help its campaign to press Chile to overhaul treaties that ended a 19th-century war that cost Bolivia its coast and gave the land to Chile.
Being landlocked makes trade and transport difficult for Bolivia, already South America’s poorest nation.
Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said Penn, known for his friendship with Morales ally President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, was a "militant for noble causes."
Bolivia still claims the coastline in lost to Chile in a 1879-1884 war and even maintains a navy — many of whose sailors have never seen the ocean — in the hopes that one its territory will again stretch to the sea.
As for Penn, his forway into the Falklands/Malvinas controversy earlier this year wasn’t very well received in Britain. It’s hard to imagine that Chile will be that much more welcoming to Spicoli’s diplomatic overtures.