Latin America News

Latin American Program in the News: Americas summit host, Colombian President Santos, ambitious for wider clout as regional leader

Apr 12, 2012
As the date of the Americas Summit comes closer, the leadership role of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the region, has been under deep scrutiny. Dr. Arnson says that Santos "has adopted a much more pragmatic and distant approach".

Obama busca mayor cooperación con Brasil pese a diferencias sobre Irán y Cuba

Apr 08, 2012
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses Brazil-US relations

Latin American Program in the News: Guatemala: capturan presunto jefe narco buscado en EEUU

Apr 06, 2012
On Tuesday Authorities captured alleged drug lord Guatemalan Horst Walther Overdick. “His capture is certainly a welcome development, but its impact on drug trafficking in Guatemala or levels of violence overall remains to be seen. In Mexico, the strategy of going after drug kingpins has been one of the factors contributing to the rise in violence,” Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson told the Associated press. [Original Article in Spanish]

Political Demography at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Apr 05, 2012
Jack Goldstone, Richard Cincotta, Jennifer Sciubba, and Geoff Dabelko spoke at the Monterey Institute for International Studies on key developments in political demography.

Latin American Program in the News: Caracas: “A War Zone”

Apr 03, 2012
“Caracas is the most dangerous capital city in the world, more dangerous than Baghdad,” says Fellow Roberto Briceño Leon, who heads the Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia, a non-government watchdog that monitors crime in the country… Crime has also become more organized and lethal, Briceño Leon says. Chavez’s policies have also facilitated the increase. The president has taken over a number of local police forces, while weakening state governments, especially those whose leaders belong to the opposition.

Transnational Crime: The Americas’ Leading Security Threat

Mar 29, 2012
Aiding regional governments with intelligence and training, air and sea patrols, and guiding the interagency process are essential to beating organized crime. SOUTHCOM Commander Douglas M. Fraser discusses strategies to dismantle extortion, kidnapping, and drug-running bands.

Mexico Institute in the News: The Politics of Exports and Jobs

Mar 29, 2012
Rick Santorum proposes negotiating several free trade agreements in the first year of Presidency, even though he was against the NAFTA back in 1993.

Mexico Institute in the News: Phone Tapping Scandal Envelops Mexican Ruling Party Candidate

Mar 27, 2012
Josefina Vazquez Mota is defensive after a recording was leaked of supposedly her accusing the government of recording her.

Mexico Institute in the News: The North American Security Perimeter: The North American Leaders Summit and Reviving Trilateral Integration

Mar 27, 2012
What the upcoming North American Leaders Summit will mean for the United States' relationship with Canada and Mexico.

Mexico Institute in the News: Texas’ Economic Trailblazing with Mexico

Mar 27, 2012
Texas's economy is growing faster than the rest of the country because of its growing trade with Mexico.

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