Latin America News

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

Dec 31, 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.

Seminario sobre las políticas de seguridad ciudadana de Latinoamérica

Dec 17, 2014
Program Director Cynthia Arnson is quoted in this article about a citizen security conference held in Salta, Argentina. This article is in Spanish.

U.S.-Cuba to resume diplomatic relations

Dec 17, 2014
Tom Weber interviews the Latin American Program’s Associate Director, Eric Olson, in a MPR special report on resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Second Annual High-Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers

Dec 16, 2014
In November 2014, the Mexico Institute and Fundación IDEA held the Second Annual High-Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers. The purpose of this forum was to increase understanding of the benefits and challenges of innovation and to aid in the development of policy recommendations that encourage innovation in Mexico.

Confronting Challenges to North America's Energy Future

Dec 12, 2014
North America is fast becoming the epicenter of a transformation in global energy. But despite North America's huge energy potential, the United States, Mexico, and Canada all face serious obstacles in getting their energy resources to market. As the North American energy ministers meet in Washington, DC on December 15, 2014, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood and Rachel Bronson analyze North America's energy future.

Urge regular la marihuana terapéutica

Dec 10, 2014
Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón writes about the Colombian Senate’s vote on regulating medical marijuana. This article is in Spanish.

Gov. Perry accuses federal government of failing to secure Texas border

Dec 05, 2014
In this article, Cynthia Arnson is quoted on immigration and border security.

What USAID Impact Study Says about CentAm Community Crime Prevention

Dec 05, 2014
In this article, Eric Olson is quoted on crime prevention in Central America. This article also references a Wilson Center Assessment and past event titled "Are Crime and Violence Prevention Programs Working in Central America?"

“New climate normal” poses severe risks to development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dec 05, 2014
This article quotes Jorge Familiar from the Wilson Center event, "Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal".

FARC, ELN: Colombia's Left-Wing Guerrillas

Dec 05, 2014
In this article, Cynthia Arnson is quoted on the peace talks between Colombia and the FARC. The article also includes a mention of the Latin American Program’s new bulletin, “The FARC and Colombia’s Illegal Drug Trade”.

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