Latin America: Emerging Trends in Environmental, Economic Growth

As Latin American nations work to combat poverty and underdevelopment, issues of environmental importance—from demographics to climate change—will come into play. Panelists discuss those trends and challenges.

Latin American Program in the News: "El Salvador Bond Yields Rise Most in Emerging Markets After Vote"

This article about an increase in El Salvador's benchmark borrowing costs in the wake of the first round of the election quotes Cynthia J. Arnson, Latin American Program Director, about the role of social programs in the election.

Latin American Program in the News: Lo que va del Fiscal Holder a Timochenko frente a las drogas

This article explores the new debate on drugs and the role of narcotrafficking in the negotiations with the FARC. Wilson Center Expert and Global Fellow, Juan Carlos Garzón, discusses the changing debate that happened in the U.S. and elsewhere. This article is in Spanish.


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.

The 'New Left' and Democratic Governance in Latin America

Based on presentations at a November 2006 workshop, this publication explores political trends and policy outcomes in eight countries and aims to understand why so many governments of the Left have come to power in Latin America at this moment in history and explores the impact of specific policies in the areas of social welfare, citizen participation, human rights, and foreign relations.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia exploring peace talks with FARC

The Colombian government says it has embarked on “exploratory talks” with rebel commanders to end one of the world’s oldest armed conflicts.



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