Latin America News

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.

China Slowdown Fuels Uncertainties For Chile's Copper Industry, Violent Labor Strife

Sep 01, 2015
Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted in the International Business Times on the effect of China's economic slowdown on the copper industry in Chile.

U.S. Flag Raised over Cuban Embassy

Aug 25, 2015
In this edition of TRENDING, Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center,discusses the significance of this historic day in Havana for U.S.-Cuba relations.

The Reasons for the Surge in Coca Cultivation in Colombia

Aug 25, 2015
Using available data and analyzing regional differences, this article examines five hypotheses that could account for the marked increase in coca under cultivation. Has the current anti-drug strategy reached its limit?

Security Strategies to Combat Drug Violence in Mexico

Aug 24, 2015
This infographic compares President Enrique Peña Nieto and former president Felipe Calderón's security strategies to combat drug violence in Mexico.

Violent Crime Plagues Businesses in Mexico

Aug 24, 2015
Beyond the human tragedy wrought by violent crime, its detrimental effects on businesses and economies can also devastate communities. This expert take discusses these effects on businesses in Mexico.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Climate Adaptation and Reproductive Health in Latin America

Aug 10, 2015
Giving women control over their own reproductive health - how many kids they have, and when they choose to have them - can be transformative for women, families, and entire communities. In a recent interview with NexusMedia, Roger-Mark De Souza connects the transformative power of family planning to climate adaptation efforts in Latin America.

Infographic | Global Competitiveness: How do the NAFTA Countries Compare?

Aug 05, 2015
The Global Competitiveness Report assess the competitiveness of 144 economies across the global in order to provide insight into the drivers of productivity and prosperity within each country. Based on the data, it seems that thus far the United States and Canada have economies that are far more competitive than that of Mexico, the third piece of the NAFTA puzzle. While Mexico has seen a steady increase in its GDP per capita, it still lags far behind its fellow NAFTA economies. Mexico will need to continue to address its productivity and institutional challenges in order to keep up its encouraging economic momentum.