The Latin American Program is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, "Crime and Violence in Latin America: Citizen Security, Democracy, and the State."
Citizen insecurity poses a rising challenge to democratic governance and the exercise of citizenship throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Homicide rates are among the highest in the world and citizens throughout the region cite crime, followed by unemployment, as the dominant concern of daily life. Transnational organized crime, including but not limited to narco-trafficking, exacerbates levels of violence, compromises state institutions, and undermines democratic quality and the rule of law.
This bulletin presents a summary of a session held in Buenos Aires in June 2005 in which Minister of Defense José B. Pampuro and other diplomats and officials discussed security sector reform in the Southern Cone and Mercosur. (in Spanish)
Latin American Program in the News: New surgery for Venezuela’s Chavez throws election scenario into turmoil
Chavez delicate health condition may help the opposition in this year's presidential elections in Venezuela.
Latin American Program in the News: Julieta Castellanos Receives International Women of Courage Award in Washington
This article highlighted an award ceremony in which Associate Director, Eric Olson, participated and proudly represented the Latin American Program.
Summary and examination of negotiations aimed at the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, with special attention to the positions of Mercosur countries.
Since its founding in 1978, the Latin American Program has pursued an active agenda of scholarly research and public discussions on Cuban politics, society, and foreign affairs. Over the past several years we have held numerous conferences and seminars, bringing together Cuban, U.S., and Latin American scholars and policymakers to engage in research and debate on issues of critical importance. These meetings have been held both in Washington, DC as well as throughout the region in places such as Kingston, Jamaica, Havana, Cuba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Latin American Program's work on Cuba to date has focused on the following important issues: 1) the impact of a changing Cuba on its Caribbean neighbors vis-à-vis trade, migration, energy, narcotics trafficking, and security; 2) the shifting priorities of Cuba’s international security agenda; 3) political and economic changes in Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s illness and subsequent retirement; 4) collective security in the Caribbean region. The many policy bulletins and other publications resulting from these meetings have been widely distributed throughout the United States, Latin America, Canada, and Europe in both print and electronic formats and are found below.