Central America News

Nine questions and observations about Honduras’s new anti-corruption mechanism

Oct 05, 2015
Facing growing public pressure to address major corruption scandals in Honduras and mounting evidence of widespread impunity among the country’s elite, the government of Juan Orlando Hernández inked a deal with the OAS Secretary General last week which is aptly named the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The following are a few observations and questions that need urgent attention if this and other efforts are to be more than mere window dressing.

Honduras Faces Uphill Battle Against Endemic Corruption

Sep 30, 2015
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, discusses Honduras’ fight against corruption with World Politics Review.

Guatemalan President Stripped of Immunity

Sep 02, 2015
In an historic move, Guatemala’s legislature has stripped President Otto Perez Molina of immunity. Latin American Program Associate Director, Eric Olson, provides an overview of the situation.

Five takeaways from Guatemala’s deepening political crisis

Sep 02, 2015
Late afternoon on September 1st, 138 members of Guatemala’s congress took the historic step of stripping troubled President Otto Pérez Molina of his legal immunity. Here are five takeaways from this historic decision.

Corruption Scandal Rocks Guatemala

Sep 01, 2015
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American program, speaks on Boston Public Radio regarding the growing unrest in Guatemala surrounding corruption allegations in the administration of President Otto Perez Molina.

Honduras: As protests over corruption swell, many see 'positive moment'

Jul 20, 2015
Eric Olson is quoted about the usefulness of external support in Honduras, specifically the possibility of an International Commission Against Impunity in Honduras (CICIH).

Immigration: Transforming America

Jun 18, 2015
In the final installment of our recap of the Wilson Center May 2015 Alumni Conference, an expert panel explores the ongoing ways that immigration is transforming America. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Transparencia cero en Nicaragua: El millonario desvío de los petrodólares venezolanos y la opacidad de la concesión del canal interoceánico

Jun 15, 2015
Carlos F. Chamorro, who participated in the Wilson Center event titled, "Transparency, Governance, and Foreign Policy: Meeting the Challenge in the Americas," published the text of his talk in Nicaragua's Confidencial. This article is in Spanish.

Wave of Protests Spreads to Scandal-Weary Honduras and Guatemala

Jun 12, 2015
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted about ongoing protests in Central America, their impact on potential U.S. aid, and the importance of foreign aid.

A More Peaceful and Prosperous Honduras?

Apr 30, 2015
This article from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs reports on the speech delivered by President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras at the Wilson Center.