Macri wins Argentina's elections, Now Comes the Hard Part

Nov 24, 2015
Mauricio Macri's stunning electoral victory in Argentina on Sunday has rightly been characterized as historic. He surged from behind in October to deny a first-round victory to Daniel Scioli, the Peronist candidate whom many presumed would be Argentina's next president. The electoral process itself showed a maturation of Argentina's democratic process.

Women on the Run: The Looming Refugee Crisis

Nov 13, 2015
A new UNHCR report, “Women on the Run,” provides first-hand accounts of women from the Northern Triangle region (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) who are seeking asylum in the US as part of a looming refugee crisis. Their struggles are part of a larger story effecting hundreds of thousands more.

Strengthening the MACCIH: Next Steps in Honduras’ Fight against Corruption and Impunity

Nov 04, 2015
The next few weeks will be critical in the fight against corruption and impunity in Honduras. The Organization of American States (OAS) will send a technical mission to Honduras next week to begin fleshing out the details of the proposed Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). Will the final agreement between the OAS and the gsovernment of Honduras — which is to be finalized in December — include the political independence necessary to tackle difficult, politically sensitive corruption cases, or will it simply provide window dressing that covers the cancer growing on the Honduran state?

Six thoughts and observations on Guatemala’s second round of elections

Oct 22, 2015
With just days until Guatemala’s second round of elections, presidential candidates Jimmy Morales and Sandra Torres are hurriedly shoring up support and getting their messages out to voters. These elections are historic, coming at a moment of disillusionment with the political establishment following the resignation and subsequent arrest of former President Otto Pérez Molina for his alleged participation in a multi-million dollar corruption network. Guatemalans turned out in record numbers in the first round of elections on September 6 and the charged political atmosphere suggests they will do so again.

An Update on the Colombian Peace Process with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson

Oct 14, 2015
We spoke with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson, following the announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations (transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement). He provides context on how agreement was reached and what comes next.

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.