US Border Patrol implements new strategy to secure the border, even though there are critics against it.
If Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug suspect, were to be captured before the Presidential elections, views of current President Calderón would be better, which would in turn help the PAN candidate.
While there are security concerns in parts of Mexico, tourists continue to travel to other regions of Mexico for vacation.
Whoever is elected President of Mexico is likely to continue the war on drugs with a strategy that may shift to using more civilian police or a focus on preventing youth from joining cartels.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Mexican President Calderón and the three presidential candidates. The two governments work closely to fight the War on Drugs; Obama’s administration is hopeful that they will continue to work closely when a new President is elected.
Latin American Program in the News: Chavez vs. Capriles: Stark choice for Venezuela's independent votersFeb 29, 2012
Roberto Briceño-Leon, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., says he sees these independents as a third, distinct electoral group, spanning all social sectors. Among the poor, who traditionally have supported Chávez, nonaligned voters outnumber either Chávez or opposition supporters, his survey found.
Latin American Program in the News: Fresh cancer scare for Venezuela President Hugo Chavez as illness prompts new fears over re-election bidFeb 23, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson said the new surgery seriously complicates Chavez's re-election prospects. She said: 'It's now clear that Chavez's cancer is far from cured. Chavez's illness - his ability to campaign as well as to govern - is a major factor in the race. It erodes the aura of invincibility as well as inevitability that Chavez has always tried to create.'
Tensions over Iran's presence and influence over Latin America arise after the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on the Iranian government’s activities in the Western hemisphere.
Latin American Program in the News: New surgery for Venezuela’s Chavez throws election scenario into turmoilFeb 23, 2012
Chavez delicate health condition may help the opposition in this year's presidential elections in Venezuela.
President Chavez reveals that he needs to return to Cuba to have a lesion removed. This may prove a major hurdle in his quest for re-election. Director of the Latin American Program Cynthia Arnson argues that this will be a major factor that will make "the race even tighter" against Capriles.