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Latin American Program in the News: OAS Secretary General Participates in Presentation of UNDP Report on Citizen Security


 Moreno noted that the report offers ten solutions to address the problem of insecurity, but also makes clear that "there is no single answer, a panacea, to address this problem."

The World Bank Director for Central America, Carlos Jaramillo, said the problem of insecurity "is probably the number one obstacle to economic growth in Latin America."

Latin American Program in the News: La política de la seguridad ciudadana


Breaking the Taboo

Breaking the Taboo is a documentary film about the War on Drugs, directed by Cosmo Feilding Mellen and Fernando Grostein Andrade, and Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. 

As is widely known, both legal and illegal drugs can cause enormous damage to individuals and society when they are abused.  These costs cannot be measured solely in terms of dollars and cents but have to be understood in terms of human lives altered, families destroyed, and communities upended.

Latin American Program in the News: La palabra clave es la regulación


¿La Declaración de Antigua marcó un cambio de paradigma en la lucha contra la droga o no fue más que un enunciado de buenas intenciones?

Cambio Climático y Poblaciones Vulnerables: Casos de Estudio de Adaptación en Políticas Urbanas y Salud Pública - Santo Domingo

Featured Presenters:

Moisés Alvarez, Director Técnico, Consejo Nacional Para el Cambio Climático

Kathleen Mogelgaard, Principal, KAM Consulting, LLC


Daritza Nicodemo, Coordinadora General, Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Regionales, CEUR

Fernando Aragón-Durand, Consultor Internacional sobre Adaptación al Cambio Climático, Política de Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres, Ciudad de México


**Agenda, summary and other materials available for download below.

Hemispheric Drug Policy: Is it Time for Reform?

Hemispheric drug policy and possible reforms were at the center of the Organization of American States’ General Assembly meeting held in early June.  The debate was guided by an OAS report on the hemisphere’s drug problems and possible scenarios for addressing the challenges posed by drug consumption, production, and trafficking and associated social problems, crime, and violence.

Advisory Board



Mr. Woods Staton

Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc.



Ms. Wendy Luers

Foundation for Civil Society

United States

Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century

An installment of the Latin American Program's Reports on the Americas series based on scholarship presented at this seminar is now available:


8:45 a.m.:  Welcome and Introduction
Cynthia Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
8:55 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.:  Keynote Address:

Latin American Program in the News: What Does 'American' Actually Mean?



Beyond vagueness, "American" also can be interpreted as a loaded term when verbalized by people from the U.S. As one Argentine friend explained, "Someone from the U.S. calling him or herself 'American' is equivalent to people from the U.S. traveling anywhere in the world and expecting everyone to speak English." In other words, many link the practice to that negative U.S. tourist stereotype: rude, culturally unaware and self-centered.