International Security News
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...
Apr 12, 2012
Just what that means in practice is harder to say. For a deeper understanding of how Guatemala sees itself within the debate, we turn to Guatemalan Secretary of Planning Fernando Carrera. Carrera is the man who many say is the architect of Perez's proposals on drug-related issues. He recently gave a talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars entitled "Drug Policy and Democracy in Central America: A View From Guatemala," that provides a crucial insight into how Guatemala is positioning itself in the ever-turbulent discourse on drug legalization
Apr 10, 2012
Michael Adler breaks down the Institute for Science and International Studies recent study on Iran's Parchin military facilities to explain how Iran may have used the site to test a nuclear trigger.
Apr 08, 2012
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses Brazil-US relations
Apr 06, 2012
On Tuesday Authorities captured alleged drug lord Guatemalan Horst Walther Overdick. “His capture is certainly a welcome development, but its impact on drug trafficking in Guatemala or levels of violence overall remains to be seen. In Mexico, the strategy of going after drug kingpins has been one of the factors contributing to the rise in violence,” Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson told the Associated press. [Original Article in Spanish]
Apr 05, 2012
Jack Goldstone, Richard Cincotta, Jennifer Sciubba, and Geoff Dabelko spoke at the Monterey Institute for International Studies on key developments in political demography.
Apr 03, 2012
“Caracas is the most dangerous capital city in the world, more dangerous than Baghdad,” says Fellow Roberto Briceño Leon, who heads the Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia, a non-government watchdog that monitors crime in the country… Crime has also become more organized and lethal, Briceño Leon says. Chavez’s policies have also facilitated the increase. The president has taken over a number of local police forces, while weakening state governments, especially those whose leaders belong to the opposition.
Mar 31, 2012
By negotiating Assad's exit from Syria, Moscow could help to end the violence and bloodshed, and "reset" world perceptions of Russia, writes Wilson Center President Jane Harman in The Washington Post.
Mar 27, 2012
The just-released unclassified National Intelligence Council report on water and security is a positive contribution to understanding these complex and interconnected ecological, social, economic, and political issues around water.
Mar 27, 2012
Amid unprecedented security concerns, bright legal lines are needed for aggressive intelligence-gathering and to guard privacy rights, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in Foreign Policy.