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Latin America has a history of presidential scandals, sometimes resulting in drawn-out extradition sagas. In Peru, following a string of presidential corruption cases, the legislature approved a law preventing former presidents from leaving the country without congressional authorization for at least a year, providing an opportunity for investigators to examine their conduct in office. Several countries in the region have adopted similar travel restrictions, yet most impose minimal or no limits on foreign travel for former leaders.

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more