Latin American Foreign Policy & International Relations

Latin American Program in the News: Assange Asylum Wins Correa Anti-U.S. Cachet As Trade To Suffer

Aug 28, 2012
Ecuadorian President Correa’s decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange is bringing his country’s relationship with the U.S. (its top trading partner) to a new low.

Latin American Program in the News: Protecting Julian Assange: What’s in it for Ecuador?

Aug 24, 2012
Director Cynthia J. Arnson discusses why she thinks Rafael Correa has been so protective of Assange.

Mexico Institute in the News: America Abroad: Mexico (WBEZ)

Aug 21, 2012
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Mexico Institute, was invited on WBEZFM to discuss Mexico’s future and why it matters for the U.S. The main topics of discussion were the president-elect, his goals for the economy and his party’s plan for eliminating drug-related violence.

Brazil after Carnaval

Jul 24, 2012
Read the English translation of Valor Economico's review of the positive and negative opinions of Brazil in the media and the effects of these reports on the population itself, with quotes from Paulo Sotero.

Mexico Institute in the News: Latino Leaders Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy Recommendations

Jul 23, 2012
The task force was created to recommend policy options to the President and lawmakers and is expected to release its full report this Fall. Remarks from task force members came during the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute & the Pacific Council on International Policy panel discussion Monday on how to change U.S. policy to address the region’s growth

Mexico Institute in the News: Latino Leaders Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy Recommendations

Jul 23, 2012
The task force was created to recommend policy options to the President and lawmakers and is expected to release its full report this Fall. Remarks from task force members came during the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute & the Pacific Council on International Policy panel discussion Monday on how to change U.S. policy to address the region’s growth

Mexico Institute in the News: Will PRI's return mark shift in U.S. relations?

Jul 12, 2012
The likely return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Mexico has prompted Mexicans and Texans alike to question whether the party’s former alleged practice of making deals with cartel members will be the standard after President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto is sworn in Dec. 1...The Mexico Institute's Andrew Selee comments.
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Mexico Institute in the News: How Will PRI's Win Change the U.S.-Mexico Relationship?

Jul 02, 2012
Despite a history of anti-Americanism, the Institutional Revolutionary Party's win in Mexico's Presidential elections Sunday is not likely to dramatically alter U.S.-Mexico relations, Andrew Selee writes for CNN.com.

Mexico Institute in the News: In Texas, Caution, Optimism Greet Mexican Election

Jul 01, 2012
Texas lawmakers are concerned that the PRI will revive its tainted past, which included reports of corruption and deal-making with criminal elements. In an overview of the race, Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Mexico Institute, said that the question on most people’s minds was whether Peña Nieto could overcome his party’s tainted legacy and “usher in a new era with a reformed PRI capable of tackling the issues of corruption and inefficient government, security and violence, and economic under-performance that have vexed other parties as well.”

Latin American Program in the News: Ahmadinejad Meets With Chavez as Nuclear Talks in Moscow Falter

Jun 25, 2012
As the international community pressured Iran to cooperate in regard to its nuclear program, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went to Venezuela to meet with Hugo Chavez.

Latin American Program in the News: Ecuador president mulls Julian Assange asylum bid

Jun 25, 2012
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is considering whether to grant Julian Assange's request for asylum, a move that would offend the United States and the European Union.

Latin American Program in the News: Ahmadinejad Woos Chavez-Led Allies In Latin America

Jun 19, 2012
Iranian President Ahmadinejad is to visit several Latin American countries.

Mexico Institute in the News: Eurozone crisis to cast shadow over G-20 summit

Jun 17, 2012
Obama’s visit to Los Cabos comes less than two weeks before Mexico’s presidential election, giving him one last sit-down with President Felipe Calderon, a counterpart with whom he’s developed a good relationship. Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs and Senior Advisor of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars comments.

Rio+20 and the World of Clarice

Jun 22, 2012
"As governments clearly fumbled in the face of the complex challenges of imagining and building a more equitable and sustainable economic growth model in the decades ahead, I saw senior business executives and leaders of civil society engaged in intelligent and productive dialogue about difficult issues," writes Paulo Sotero.

The Brazilian Challenge: How to Manage Asymmetrical Regional Relations Beyond the OAS

May 12, 2012
View the latest article by Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute in the most recent issue of Revista CIBOD d'afers internacionals.

Latin American Program in the News: Insulza urges U.S. to accept Cuba at Summit of the Americas

Apr 25, 2012
“The fact that we have talked about Cuba so much demonstrates that this is a problem of the United States”, said Insulza during a conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “Is it worth keeping an artificial situation for the rest of the countries in the region, and indeed, defend a policy that has had no success in 50 years?”, he questioned in relation to the trade embargo that Washington imposed on the communist island in 1962. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: OAS delivers conclusions about the Summit of the Americas

Apr 25, 2012
“Even though the priorities and concerns are the same, the Americas are not as synchronized as we would like and there is still a lot of work to do”, was the first conclusion from the secretary general of the Organization of Americas State (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, in regards to the hemispheric encounter in Cartagena. During the conference organized at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington DC, Insulza emphasized that “we have to find ways of cooperation in pending themes and that is what is going to determine if this is going to be a decade of success for the Americas”. (in Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: U.S. Drug Policy Faces Latin Dissent

Apr 16, 2012
Since then, Latin American leaders have felt neglected, particularly as Mr. Obama's launched a drive last year to intensify his focus on Asia. "In the region there's pretty broad disappointment with the lack of attention," said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America Program at the Washington-based Wilson Center think tank.

Latin American Program in the News: Support, But Some Disappointment, as Obama Heads to Americas Summit

Apr 13, 2012
President Obama travels to Colombia for the Sixth Summit of the Americas. Our experts discuss Obama's leadership in the region and possible topics to be covered at the Summit.

Latin America Program in the News: U.S. on more equal footing with neighbors as Obama heads to Summit of the Americas

Apr 13, 2012
President Obama travels to a weekend summit of the hemisphere’s leaders Friday as the head of a nation that remains in many ways the economic envy of its closest neighbors, but also one whose influence is on the wane in a rising region...

Latin American Program in the News: Menendez warns of Iran’s outreach to Latin America

Feb 23, 2012
Tensions over Iran's presence and influence over Latin America arise after the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on the Iranian government’s activities in the Western hemisphere.

Latin American Program in the News: US Senators Warn Latin America on Iran Ties

Feb 17, 2012
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs held a hearing on February 16, 2012 on Iran’s relationship and influence in Latin America. Director Cynthia J. Arnson was among the witnesses.

Cold Welcome for Iran in Latin America; ‘Vigilance’ Still Needed

Feb 16, 2012
Several Latin American governments, which a few years ago joined in showy displays of anti-U.S. solidarity, are now distancing themselves from the Ahmadinejad regime, as tensions rise over Iran’s controversial nuclear policies and new administrations take over in key capitals, The Wilson Center’s Latin America Program director said Thursday. Briefing senators on Iran’s activities in the region, Cindy Arnson added that “vigilance” still remains necessary, to guard against any state or nonstate threat in the region. “Vigilance is essential, as is evidence-based consideration of the issues,” she told the subcommittee’s hearing on Iranian activities in Latin America.

Latin American Program in the News: Iran Cultivates Friends In Washington's Backyard

Jan 11, 2012
Cynthia Arnson was interviewed by Juan Forero for NPR on the recent visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Latin America and his interest in the region.