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Water, Food Security, and Migration in Central America

In the first half of last year, 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended by U.S. law enforcement trying to cross the southern border. Most came from Central American states like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Such displacement is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of migration in the region. Many more are moving from rural to urban areas and into neighboring countries seeking opportunity and fleeing violence.

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Moscow makes surprise moves. Moscow says one thing and does another. Moscow invades neighboring countries and wrecks relationships with yesterday’s friends. There is something there that does not love quiet and sustainable development in Russia, neither economic nor political.

October: A Critical Month in Honduran Efforts to Combat Corruption

October is shaping up to be a critical month in efforts to combat corruption and impunity in Honduras. On October 10 the Honduran congress is scheduled to take up final consideration of a campaign finance reform bill that is modeled on the analysis and recommendations of the MACCIH*—the OAS-based mechanism whose mission it is to assist Honduran judicial authorities combat corruption. Second, October 19 marks the first six months of the MACCIH’s official opening in Honduras, and when it is required to make a progress report to the Secretary General of the OAS and its Permanent Council.

Confronting Criminal Groups in El Salvador While Strengthening the Rule of Law

In January 2016, following a year in which El Salvador became the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, former police director general Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde was named Minister of Justice and Public Security, while career prosecutor Douglas Meléndez Ruiz was elected Attorney General by a majority in Congress.  In the months since they took office, both ministers have worked to reform Salvadoran police and prosecutorial institutions, confront organized crime, and address allegations of corruption and human rights violations within the ranks.  Speaking via teleconference from S

From Corruption Scandals to Reform: The Work of Chile's Anti-Corruption Commission

The issue of corruption is one of the most potent in defining citizen attitudes about political leadership and institutions of governance. As in many other Latin American countries, in Chile in 2014 and 2015 a number of corruption scandals cast a spotlight on weaknesses in the institutional framework for preventing irregular campaign financing, conflicts of interest, and influence peddling.

Priorities for Mexico's New U.S. Ambassador

“The principal task of Ambassador Carlos Sada Solana should not be to respond in a direct manner, to the anti-Mexican discourse that is rampant during this electoral period, but rather to address this rhetoric in a strategic fashion.”

The Impact of Violence on Mexico’s Economy

Mexico Institute Global Fellow Viridiana Rios is studying the impact of violence on Mexico’s economy and has come to some surprising conclusions. It appears that in some cases crime does pay. She discusses the economic winners and losers in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.