Latin America News

Latin America’s Adaptive Gangsters

Dec 17, 2012
While in recent decades Latin America as a region has made impressive gains in building state capacity and strengthening democracy, criminal networks have adapted to the forces of modernization and capitalized on the vulnerabilities of Latin American democracies by way of an extralegal system of relationships based on clientelism and corruption.

Venezuela's Chavez, in Cuba for Health Treatment, Appears Likely to Miss Regional Summit

Dec 10, 2012
Arnson is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article discussing the Venezuelan leader's health status and it's effects on the nation.

On Multilateralism, Sovereignty and the Western Hemisphere: Concepts in Jeopardy

Dec 06, 2012
Former ambassador and Brazil Institute adivisory board member Luigi Einaudi reflects on the role of the OAS in an increasingly multilateral world.

Mexico, U.S. ties ripe for major expansion - Mexico Institute in the News

Nov 27, 2012
Op-ed by Andrew Selee and Christopher Wilson. Andrew Selee is the vice president for programs at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a senior adviser for the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center. Christopher Wilson is an associate for the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center.

Petro Politics: Mixing Oil and War

Oct 23, 2012
In many countries, oil tends to fuel civil and international conflicts. Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan talks about the case studies to be featured in his forthcoming book due out in February 2013.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia peace talks off to touchy start

Oct 18, 2012
The Colombian government and the FARC began peace talks this week.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia Rebels' Post-conflict Role a Key Issue in Peace Talks

Oct 15, 2012
In Oslo, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and the government will also focus on agrarian reform and victims' rights, among other issues. Steve Dudley, Wilson Center Fellow, voiced optimism that Colombia could avoid a new wave of killings if a peace accord is signed.

Chavez Wins Again

Oct 11, 2012
Despite a number of prominent polls indicating a tight finish, Hugo Chavez was re-elected President of Venezuela by a comfortable margin. But the opposition ran a competitive race and may have some momentum with regional elections set for December. Chavez’s health and prospects for completing his latest term in office remain questionable. In this Context interview, Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, discusses the implications of the election results.

Latin American Program in the News: Chavez’s Havana-to-Tehran Alliance at Stake as Venezuelans Vote

Oct 05, 2012
Venezuelans voting whether to re- elect Hugo Chavez on Oct. 7 will also decide the fate of a regime that forms the linchpin of an alliance from Iran to Cuba against U.S. policies

Election Countdown: Poll Watching in Venezuela

Oct 02, 2012
Is Hugo Chavez sailing toward re-election? Or is challenger Henrique Capriles surging toward upset victory in Venezuela’s election? Your answer might depend on which of the country’s polls you’ve been following. Though major polling firms differ on where the race stands, they seem to agree that the final outcome is almost impossible to predict. We spoke with one of Venezuela’s top pollsters, Luis Vicente Leon, Director of Datanalisis, for an up to the moment analysis of the polling data and the dynamics of the race.

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