Latin America News

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.

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America sees violent crime

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.

Public health and human rights: The new language of the drug policy debate

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).

Latin American Program in the News: “Nuestro compromiso es ayudar a construir una paz sostenible”

Jan 07, 2014
Latin American Program Board Member María Eugenia Garcés was interviewed by Semana about her philanthropic foundation, AlvarAlice, and the challenges of its social development work in the Aguablanca district of Cali, Colombia. This article is in Spanish.

Mexico in 2014: Can Peña Nieto Consolidate Reform?

Jan 03, 2014
“2014 will be another pivotal year for Mexico and for President Peña Nieto,” writes Duncan Wood. “Mexico’s Moment has never really materialized, but that may be a good thing; laying solid foundations for long term economic growth is more important than a short-lived economic boom.”

Brazil in 2014: Will Rousseff Change Course?

Jan 03, 2014
Favored to win reelection in 2014 but facing a deteriorating economy, Rousseff has positive and negative incentives to change course. But first comes the World Cup and, possibly, the return of street protests, writes Paulo Sotero.

NAFTA at 20: Success, Failure, or Something In Between?

Dec 19, 2013
It was going to change the world. Some said for the better and others for the worse. As we observe the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we offer three perspectives (Canada, Mexico, US) on its successes, failures, and implications for future trade agreements.

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.

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.

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