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Trouble on the Altiplano

Trouble on the Altiplano
Q&A with Professor Calla Hummel,
Political scientist at the University of Miami

Countering the Evolving Drug Trade in the Americas

The illicit drug trade in the Americas has been evolving and expanding from plant-based narcotics like cocaine, heroin and marijuana to potent synthetic substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine. Since the 1980’s, the U.S. war on drugs focused on countering cocaine trafficking that made the Colombian and Mexican cartels immensely wealthy and powerful. Over the past decade, U.S.

A Conversation with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Latin America has leapfrogged to the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda in recent months, with protests erupting in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia; persistent migration from Central America; security challenges in Mexico; and a political and economic crisis in Venezuela with significant effects on its neighbors. In Congress, lawmakers from both parties have taken leading roles in addressing U.S.

The Lithium Triangle Initiative: South America's Lithium Triangle and the Future of the Green Economy



As the global community pursues sustainable economic development, lithium is playing an increasingly critical role. The metal is used for rechargeable batteries in electric vehicles and for the energy storage needed to expand renewable energy. As a result, global demand for lithium is expected to grow rapidly, and supply will have to keep pace.


The Relationship

There is no border as complex and diverse as that separating Mexico from the U.S. It would be easy to simplify it, rationalize it as a merely commercial matter. The reality comprises an enormous diversity, complexity and multiplicity. The boundary with the U.S. includes legal and illegal crossing points, drugs, contraband, persons, ideas, goods, services and disputes. An old saying from the Mexican side of the region held that “if it fits through the bridge, it can pass”.

The Size and Importance of Venezuela's Illegal Economies

The dimensions of Venezuela’s illegal economies have been growing for more than two decades. Illicit activities include narcotics trafficking, illegal gold mining, and the long-standing smuggling of gasoline, food, and other basic necessities across porous borders.

Wilson-Vidanta Fellowship Awardees for 2020

Juliana Tinoco (Brazil)              Gina Kawas (Honduras)


Eighth Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference: Taking Stock of Mexico's Security Landscape One Year On

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host its eighth annual Mexican security review. The forum examined the pressing security challenges Mexico faces, such as the record number of homicides in 2019, and how it plans to respond. Other topics covered included efforts to fight corruption and impunity; trends in security and migration enforcement on Mexico's southern border; the status of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation; and how illegal drug markets are evolving in Mexico and the United States.

Exeunt Frente Amplio

Exeunt Frente Amplio

On Sunday, Uruguayans voted to replace Latin America’s last ‘Pink Tide’ government, the center-left Frente Amplio (Broad Front), electing Luis Lacalle Pou of the center-right Partido Nacional (National Party).