Latin America News
Feb 20, 2012
Prisoners in an overcrowded prison in Nuevo Leon break into a deadly riot, possibly as part of a feud between the Zeta and Gulf cartels.
Feb 17, 2012
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs held a hearing on February 16, 2012 on Iran’s relationship and influence in Latin America. Director Cynthia J. Arnson was among the witnesses.
Feb 16, 2012
Several Latin American governments, which a few years ago joined in showy displays of anti-U.S. solidarity, are now distancing themselves from the Ahmadinejad regime, as tensions rise over Iran’s controversial nuclear policies and new administrations take over in key capitals, The Wilson Center’s Latin America Program director said Thursday. Briefing senators on Iran’s activities in the region, Cindy Arnson added that “vigilance” still remains necessary, to guard against any state or nonstate threat in the region. “Vigilance is essential, as is evidence-based consideration of the issues,” she told the subcommittee’s hearing on Iranian activities in Latin America.
Feb 16, 2012
President Calderon has used a military approach to combat the drug cartel problem in Mexico. Some wonder if tolerance or legalizing drugs would be a better approach.
Feb 14, 2012
Otto Perez Molina will likely propose drug legalization at the next summit of regional leaders. Dr. Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, discusses how the initiative comes in response to the frustration over the current drug policy that has defined the region over the past few decades. She argues that even though it may not be implemented, it is a message that is icreasingly becoming part of the discussion in the region. [Article is in Spanish]
Feb 06, 2012
For Venezuela’s historically divided opposition, which enters a key test of unity this weekend, one-upping Chávez in the hearts of voters will be vital to winning this fall’s presidential election. Luis Vicente León and William H. Luers, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, gauge the current field of candidates and look ahead to October's general election.
Jan 11, 2012
Cynthia Arnson was interviewed by Juan Forero for NPR on the recent visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Latin America and his interest in the region.
Dec 06, 2011
Guillermo O'Donnell, the foremost Latin American political scientist of the last 50 years and one of the world's leading scholars of comparative politics, passed away this week in his native Argentina.
Nov 23, 2011
In a year of some major successes for women — the Nobel Peace Prize, the commanding performances of Angela Merkel and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the end of men-first in the line of succession to the British throne — a new worldwide study concludes that women remain well behind men in two crucial areas: economic equality and political power.
Nov 18, 2011
In many resource rich countries, natural assets have not led to development. Plundered Nations?, edited by Paul Collier and Anthony Venables, lays out a series of decisions that need to be got “sufficiently right” for the depletion of natural assets to be converted into sustained development.