Central America News
Latin American Program in the News: "Salvadorans in U.S. Get a Chance to Vote for Their Top Leader Back Home for First Time"
Feb 03, 2014
In this article about the 2014 presidential election in El Salvador (held February 2, 2014), Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson discusses the likely results.
Jan 15, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed by Latinvex about upcoming elections and the overall political outlook in Latin America in 2014.
Jan 10, 2014
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, provides commentary on the causes of violent crime in Latin America and possible solutions.
Jan 08, 2014
Summary of the The 54th Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control (CICAD, in Spanish) of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Dec 19, 2013
Cartel thugs have become increasingly savvy with social media: posting photographs and videos of themselves decapitating victims with chainsaws and machetes; wielding gold-plated assault weapons; pouting in sexy poses; and warning civilians not to snitch on them.
Dec 03, 2013
This article discusses the role that the Honduran military played in the election of National Party candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez. Eric Olson discusses how the military has become a political actor and why the region is likely to become more militarized.
Latin American Program in the News: In Honduras vote, new lesson in how the drug war steers politics
Dec 03, 2013
This article discusses the recent elections in Honduras and platforms that the candidates each ran on regarding drugs and crime. LAP Associate Director, Eric Olson, discusses what to expect from president-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Nov 26, 2013
With general elections in Honduras concluded, it is clear the country still faces a polarized and fractured political landscape. This can either lead to further obstruction and decay or be an opportunity for overcoming the violence, poverty, and growing economic and social disparity in the country. Here are three ideas for healing and moving forward.
Nov 25, 2013
The country with the highest murder rate in the world isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s Honduras, just a two and a half hour flight from Miami.
Nov 25, 2013
The tight, highly contested election is a reflection of a country that is still divided four years after Ms. Castro’s husband, former President Manuel Zelaya, was ousted in a military coup.