The Latin American Program and its institutes on Mexico and Brazil serve as a bridge between the United States and Latin America, providing a nonpartisan forum for experts from throughout the region and the world to discuss the most critical issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program sponsors research, conferences, and publications aimed at deepening the understanding of Latin American and Caribbean politics, history, economics, culture, and U.S.-Latin American relations. By bringing pressing regional concerns to the attention of opinion leaders and policymakers, the Program contributes to more informed policy choices in Washington, D.C., and throughout the Hemisphere.

The Latin American Program coordinates an active program of public meetings featuring scholars, analysts, and public officials from the United States, Latin America, and around the world. The Program and its related Institutes host scores of events each year in Washington, D.C., and throughout Latin America. These events allow researchers, members of the policymaking community, the media, and the general public to keep apprised of current thinking in and about Latin America on a broad range of critical issues. All Latin American Program events are free of charge and most are open to the public.

The Program disseminates the results of its activities through publications including conference reports, bulletins, event summaries, and commercially published books. Latin American Program publications are usually available free-of-charge and are distributed electronically and in print to individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout the world. Most publications are also available on this website.

The Program conducts outreach to members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs, aimed at broadening congressional understanding of key issues in bilateral U.S.-Latin American relations. In cooperation with the Wilson Center on the Hill project, the Program sponsors trips to the region for members of Congress as well as briefings for staff.