Latin America News

After Chavez: Venezuela Prepares For Possible Transition

Jan 03, 2013
Discussions are underway to determine the best course if Hugo Chavez is unable to recover from his latest health setback by his inauguration day on January 10. Will the letter of the Constitution be adhered to, or will some special circumstance be invoked in an effort to maintain the ailing president’s hold on power? And what will happen if Chavez, Venezuela’s President since 1999, is unable to fulfill his duties? Cindy Arnson, Director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program has been monitoring the situation and provides context on what to expect in the coming days and weeks.

Would Chavismo Continue Without Chávez?

Dec 21, 2012
Cynthia Arnson comments on President Hugo Chavez and Vice President Nicolás Maduro.

Can Mexico's Oil and Gas Production Keep Pace With the Nation's Energy Needs?

Dec 20, 2012
During his campaign, recently elected Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke of energy sector reform as a national priority. So is the time ripe for significant change? And is there agreement on the nature of the problems and preferred solutions? To gain perspective on the current situation and the potential for reform, we spoke with Mexican energy policy expert and Wilson Center Mexico Institute Director, Duncan Wood.

Mexico's Drug War Takes New Direction-Mexico Institute In the News

Dec 18, 2012
Eric L. Olson discusses Peña Nieto's security strategy in the Wall Street Journal.

Sympathy for Chavez a factor in Venezuela politics

Dec 18, 2012
Cynthia Arnson is quoted in an Associated Press article discussing the impact that the outpouring of emotion over Hugo Chávez's precarious health will have in Venezuelan politics.

Chávez names possible successor: Venezuelan President in Cuba for cancer surgery

Dec 17, 2012
Cynthia Arnson appeared on CTV News to discuss the international ramifications of Chávez's possible successor, Nicolás Maduro.

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.

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