The Latin American Program has long pursued an active agenda of scholarly research and public discussions on Central American politics, society, and foreign affairs. Over the past several years we have held numerous conferences, seminars, and round-tables, bringing together U.S. and Central American scholars and policymakers to engage in research and debate on issues of critical importance. The Latin America Program emphasizes the importance of drawing attention to developments in Central America as they unfold, and its work to date on Central America has focused on: 1) the effects of changing economic factors on citizens; 2) changing democratic conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras; and 3) citizen security. Latin America Program events and publications on Central America incorporate various perspectives and can be found below.
This publication attempts to create a better understanding of the nature, origins, and evolution of organized crime in Central America by examining the dynamics of organized crime in the three countries of the so-called Northern Triangle as well as the broader regional context that links these case studies. read more
Apr 29, 2011
President Martinelli discusses US-Panama relations, overall economic conditions, and democratic stability.
Apr 07, 2011
Participants from the World Bank present the findings of the Bank's new landmark report Crime and Violence in Central America, followed by comments by distinguished practitioners and researchers from the region.
Feb 01, 2011
The ambassadors discuss U.S. policy priorities in Central America, including issues of organized crime, democratic governance, and trade.
Dec 14, 2010
Panelists explore the specific, local dynamics of organized crime in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala and the transnational nature of the major criminal networks in the region.
Dec 13, 2010
A seminar was held to analyze Honduras' internal struggles and isolation from the Inter-American system.
Oct 25, 2010
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Founder and Editor of Confidencial, discusses Nicaragua's state affairs and eroding democracy following Nicaragua's Supreme Court decision to allow President Daniel Ortega to run for consecutive re-election.
May 01, 2003
By virtually any standard of measurement, Latin America ranks as one of the most violent regions in the world. Violence and crime pose serious threats to the relatively fragile democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean. This volume offers timely discussion by attorneys, government officials, policy analysts, and academics from the United States and Latin America of the responses of the state, civil society, and the international community to these threats.