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.

The Pope in Cuba: What Does it Mean?

Sep 21, 2015
"The worldwide popularity of Pope Francis and the oft expressed media speculation that he might use his visit to pressure the Cuban government to initiate major changes misconstrues the role of the Cuban church, as well as the purposes of the papal visits which were and are primarily pastoral aimed at fortifying the evangelizing capacity of the Cuban church," writes Margaret Crahan on the papal visit to Cuba.

Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America & The Caribbean: What Will it Take to Build Resilient Communities?

Sep 10, 2015
The Latin America and Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to some of the most challenging aspects of climate change. The Wilson Center has been part of an effort to convene key stakeholders in the region and to explore promising tools in climate change adaptation through a series of seminars. Recently top experts and policymakers from those seminars in Colombia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Peru, gathered at the Center to further broaden the dialogue. Biologist and Wilson Center consultant, Carmen Lacambra, provides Context on progress and remaining challenges.

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.

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?