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Radio and TV Martí have roles to play as Cuba enters a new era

When the Berlin Wall came down, Eastern Europe liberated itself and the Soviet Union collapsed, the role of U.S. international broadcasting was universally recognized. In the wake of these world-changing events, Václav Havel, Lech Walesa, Boris Yeltsin and other new leaders insisted that Radio Free Europe (RFE), Radio Liberty (RL) and the Voice of America were central to the peaceful democratic transitions in their countries. Western broadcasts provided essential information to all those dedicated to change and helped accelerate that change.

Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

December 17, 2014

The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.

The U.S. and Cuba: The Way Forward


This is the first of two Ground Truth Briefings designed to assess the historic shift in U.S.-Cuban relations announced this week.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, Roger-Mark de Souza joined a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti. Haiti has one of the world’s highest exposures to natural hazards along with one of the lowest income growth rates, which has subjected the country to chronic severe stress and trapped it

Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains

The Integration and Trade Sector’s flagship publication, “Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains,” presents a comprehensive analysis of the region’s participation in global value chains and recommends policies that would improve Latin American and the Caribbean countries’ insertion in regional and global production networks.

Chile busca inversiones chinas en sectores de energía e infraestrucuturas


"La fiebre por América Latina continúa en China. Unos cien inversores chinos asistieron al seminario "Invertir en Chile" para buscar oportunidades en la economía más dinámica del continente latinoamericano."


To read his article in Spanish, please click here

Latin American Program in the News: "Tough Slog for Canada to Change OAS"


"Too many mandates

The OAS operates by consensus, voting unanimously on which mandates the organization’s secretary general will pursue. However, few members are willing to risk offending a neighbour in the hemisphere over an issue that may not affect them directly, said the former diplomats and Latin America watchers. As a result, the organization regularly agrees to many mandates that draw resources from the secretariat but have little hope of accomplishing anything in the broader interest of the hemisphere.

Local Markets for Illegal Drugs: Impacts, Trends, and New Approaches

The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program is pleased to present a new report, “Local Markets for Illegal Drugs: Impacts, Trends, and New Approaches.” The report, also available in Spanish, examines the public health, social development and citizen security impacts of retail drug markets in major urban areas in the Americas and how traditional law enforcement approaches have altered and, at times, exacerbated the security situation.  The report also looks at  new approaches for dealing with this troubling phenomenon.

Latin American Program in the News: "Venezuela divide a la Casa Blanca y al Congreso de EE.UU."

[...] "El canciller Elías Jaua aseguró el domingo que denunciará a Washington ante organismos internacionales como la ONU por su "injerencia" y las amenanzas de sanciones.

Este tipo de reacciones ha puesto a la Casa Blanca en un incómodo dilema.

"La política de Obama está atrapada entre el imperativo político de hacer also y el efecto que esa pueda tener en el terreno", le dice a BBC Mundo Cynthia Arnson, directora del programa de América Latina en el Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, un centro de estudios con sede en Washington. 

Latin American Program in the News: "Experta explica cuál es la clave del éxito en el diálogo del oficialismo y MUD en Venezuela"

Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed by NTN24 about the negotiations between the government and the opposition in Venezuela.  In Arnson's view, there are a variety of views represented, and the majority of countries in the region would like to see the dialogue renewed.

Arnson maintained that for the dialogue between the opposition and the Venezuelan government to prosper, the student movement should be represented.