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Is there Hope for Central American Youth?

Event documents are now available for download at the bottom of this page. Papers from several speakers will be posted soon.


Central America’s kingpins of graft


This year’s two most wanted men in Central America were not drug barons, but a former president and a surgeon.

Both are accused of embezzling millions of dollars in state money meant for earthquake victims and poor patients on social security...

“This is not just ordinary corruption,” said Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. “Its impact on people’s lives is probably greater than that of any drug trafficker.”


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Fleeing Central America's Killing Streets


"The gang-driven violence that claimed Andrea's life has roots that date back to the earlier waves of immigrants who escaped to the US during the Central American civil wars of the 1980s.

Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center, said that past deportation policy helped spread US-born gangs like Mara Salvatrucha into the Northern Triangle countries.

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