Latin America News

Petro Politics: Mixing Oil and War

Oct 23, 2012
In many countries, oil tends to fuel civil and international conflicts. Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan talks about the case studies to be featured in his forthcoming book due out in February 2013.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia peace talks off to touchy start

Oct 18, 2012
The Colombian government and the FARC began peace talks this week.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia Rebels' Post-conflict Role a Key Issue in Peace Talks

Oct 15, 2012
In Oslo, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and the government will also focus on agrarian reform and victims' rights, among other issues. Steve Dudley, Wilson Center Fellow, voiced optimism that Colombia could avoid a new wave of killings if a peace accord is signed.

Chavez Wins Again

Oct 11, 2012
Despite a number of prominent polls indicating a tight finish, Hugo Chavez was re-elected President of Venezuela by a comfortable margin. But the opposition ran a competitive race and may have some momentum with regional elections set for December. Chavez’s health and prospects for completing his latest term in office remain questionable. In this Context interview, Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, discusses the implications of the election results.

Latin American Program in the News: Chavez’s Havana-to-Tehran Alliance at Stake as Venezuelans Vote

Oct 05, 2012
Venezuelans voting whether to re- elect Hugo Chavez on Oct. 7 will also decide the fate of a regime that forms the linchpin of an alliance from Iran to Cuba against U.S. policies

Election Countdown: Poll Watching in Venezuela

Oct 02, 2012
Is Hugo Chavez sailing toward re-election? Or is challenger Henrique Capriles surging toward upset victory in Venezuela’s election? Your answer might depend on which of the country’s polls you’ve been following. Though major polling firms differ on where the race stands, they seem to agree that the final outcome is almost impossible to predict. We spoke with one of Venezuela’s top pollsters, Luis Vicente Leon, Director of Datanalisis, for an up to the moment analysis of the polling data and the dynamics of the race.

Latin American Program in the News: Woldenberg dissects Venezuela's electoral system

Sep 12, 2012
José Woldenberg and Genaro Arriaga talk about their report about the Venezuela elections that will be on October 7. [Spanish]

Latin American Program in the News: The Elections in Venezuela on October 7

Sep 07, 2012
President Chavez, after 14 years in office, seeks reelection in the elections to be held in Venezuela on October 7. The authors report what conditions are like for the upcoming election. [SPANISH]

Latin American Program in the News: Countdown to 7-0: Assessing the Implications of Venezuela's Presidential Election

Aug 22, 2012
CNP President Scott Bates, Cynthia Arnson and Ambassador Roger F. Noriega discuss the global impact of Venezuela's upcoming Presidential election.

U.S. Drought, Climate Change Could Lead to More Food Crises

Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.

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