Latin America experts Cynthia Arnson and Michael McCarthy provide updates on developing situations in Colombia and Venezuela in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson is director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Her most recent work has focused on democratic governance, conflict resolution, citizen security and organized crime, international relations, and U.S. policy in the Western hemisphere. Arnson is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, the Spanish-language edition of the distinguished journal Foreign Affairs.  She is a member of the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch/Americas and the Social Science Research Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum.  She served as associate director of the Americas division from 1990-1994, covering Central America and Colombia.  In the early 1980s, as a consultant to Americas Watch, Arnson wrote many of the organization’s first reports on human rights conditions in El Salvador.

Michael McCarthy is a research fellow at the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a consultant to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Latin America Program. A political scientist specializing in South America and U.S.-Latin American relations, his research focuses on questions of democratization, elections, populism, and media balance and bias. He received his PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation, “Populism in Power: Venezuela’s Chavismo from Mobilization to Party-Building,” was supported by field research grants from Fulbright and the Inter-American Foundation. Previously, he taught in the Latin American Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS and consulted as a Senior Analyst for the Carter Center's Venezuela Presidential Election Study Missions in 2012 and 2013.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.