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Latin American Program in the News: Raúl Castro busca reinserción regional de Cuba como anfitrión de la Celac

Jan 27, 2014
This article discusses CELAC and Raúl Castro's hope to seek regional reintegration of Cuba. Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the opportunity that CELAC provides for this reintegration. This article is in Spanish.

Notes from Ukraine

Jan 16, 2014
Comments on the December 2013 - January 2014 Demonstrations from Kennan Institute Ukrainian alumni.

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America 2014 Political Outlook

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.

Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far'

Jan 10, 2014
Director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, speaks to NPR regarding the continued coverage of Edward Snowden.

Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee, Angela Kocze, Speaks for VOA's Press Conference USA

Dec 26, 2013
Roma rights activist Angela Kocze, 2013 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Ion Ratiu Democracy award, talks about ongoing discrimination and prejudice against the Roma population in Europe on VOA’s Press Conference USA.

Latin American Program in the News: Mexican cartels use social media

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.

Historical Perspective on the Purge of Jang Song Thaek

Dec 17, 2013
The December 2013 purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was often described as the No. 2 in North Korea, came four months after the ruling Korean Worker’s Party announced that the Ten Points of the Monolithic Ideological System, the basic tenets of the unitary leadership system in North Korea, had been updated for the new leader, Kim Jong Un.

Latin American Program in the News: How Bogota's trash trouble became a national crisis

Dec 13, 2013
Cynthia Arnson comments on the removal of Gustavo Petro, Bogota's mayor and a former M-19 guerrillero, and how it could undermine general trust in the political system as a democratic arena for conflict resolution and political participation by leftist parties.

Latin American Program in the News: Un respaldo capital para el proceso de paz

Dec 11, 2013
This article discusses Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' recent visit to Washington, D.C. Most sectors in Washington see Colombia as having had tremendous success in the past decade, although there is much less optimism in Colombia. Cynthia Arnson discusses the high-level talks and gives an analysis of perceptions in Colombia. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: U.S. Vows Support for Colombia Peace Talks

Dec 06, 2013
Cynthia Arnson discusses the status of peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the largest guerrilla organization in the country.

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