Blast in Chile is 29th Bomb This Year, but Perpetrators Remain Mysterious


“This is not a country that is racked by insecurity, but these bombs that have gone off in fairly rapid succession have created a sense of concern about what’s going on and opened up a debate about what the government is doing in the security arena,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Wilson Center’s Latin America program. “The main pressure is on the government to investigate and prosecute the people responsible for these incidents. If it fails to do that, and the explosions continue, the government is going to be faced with a very distinct problem.”

El país que entregó las cárceles a sus pandilleros


A Look at the Supreme Court 2014-15 Term

The American Bar Association Division for Public Education in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, invites you to attend the seventh annual fall “On the Docket” program. The panel discussion will feature prominent Supreme Court practitioners and scholars providing their expert insights on the upcoming term. The 2014-2015 Supreme Court term is shaping up to be another blockbuster, with the Court poised to review key issues of criminal procedure, free-speech, foreign policy, and employment law, to name just a few.

Journalism and Security in Mexico

Journalism and Security in Mexico

Freedom House. By Diana Villiers Negroponte*

Drug Trafficking - How Drugs Get Here


New Americas Quarterly Released: Higher Education and Competitiveness

Program Director Cynthia Arnson has an article on Colombia in this edition of the journal "Americas Quarterly." 

Please click here to access the journal. 

Migration of Central American Minors: Causes and Solutions

The dramatic rise in unaccompanied minors from Central America arriving in the United States has raised many questions about the factors contributing to this influx. In this event, foreign ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras discuss the roots of this crisis and how their governments are responding.


Andrew Selee
Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute

Central American foreign ministers meet in Washington to lobby Obama on immigration crisis


The humanitarian crisis is so high-profile that 250 people crammed into the Wilson Center’s sixth-floor auditorium and two overflow rooms to attend Thursday’s program, which was moderated by Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition; another 170 watched the conference online.

“I can recall no time since the Central American wars of the 1980s when so much U.S. media attention has been paid to this region,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the think tank’s Latin American program, in introducing the three foreign ministers.

Expert: To stop immigration flood, US must help Central Americ

"PHOENIX -- If the United States wants to reduce the amount of Central American illegal immigrants pouring over the border, it needs to exercise its influence in the region, an expert said.

"We need to be much smarter about how we help governments," Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes, Making Sense of the Madness.

Arnson said a variety of factors resulted in the recent surge in immigrants coming to America.

“Guerra contra las drogas”: la de ellos bien, la de nosotros mal