Latin America News

Latin American Program in the News: Chavez vs. Capriles: Stark choice for Venezuela's independent voters

Feb 29, 2012
Roberto Briceño-Leon, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., says he sees these independents as a third, distinct electoral group, spanning all social sectors. Among the poor, who traditionally have supported Chávez, nonaligned voters outnumber either Chávez or opposition supporters, his survey found.

Mexico ‘Critically Important’ to US Economy

Feb 24, 2012
Enhanced North American economic integration benefits all of the United States—not just the border—Mexico’s Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and former United States Trade Representative Carla Hills say. Mexico differs from other trade partners, since its U.S. exports contain such a large share of U.S. content, they note.

Latin American Program in the News: Fresh cancer scare for Venezuela President Hugo Chavez as illness prompts new fears over re-election bid

Feb 23, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson said the new surgery seriously complicates Chavez's re-election prospects. She said: 'It's now clear that Chavez's cancer is far from cured. Chavez's illness - his ability to campaign as well as to govern - is a major factor in the race. It erodes the aura of invincibility as well as inevitability that Chavez has always tried to create.'

Latin American Program in the News: Menendez warns of Iran’s outreach to Latin America

Feb 23, 2012
Tensions over Iran's presence and influence over Latin America arise after the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on the Iranian government’s activities in the Western hemisphere.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuela's Chavez says his cancer is likely back

Feb 22, 2012
President Chavez reveals that he needs to return to Cuba to have a lesion removed. This may prove a major hurdle in his quest for re-election. Director of the Latin American Program Cynthia Arnson argues that this will be a major factor that will make "the race even tighter" against Capriles.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Prison Riot Leaves 44 Dead

Feb 20, 2012
Prisoners in an overcrowded prison in Nuevo Leon break into a deadly riot, possibly as part of a feud between the Zeta and Gulf cartels.

Latin American Program in the News: US Senators Warn Latin America on Iran Ties

Feb 17, 2012
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs held a hearing on February 16, 2012 on Iran’s relationship and influence in Latin America. Director Cynthia J. Arnson was among the witnesses.

Cold Welcome for Iran in Latin America; ‘Vigilance’ Still Needed

Feb 16, 2012
Several Latin American governments, which a few years ago joined in showy displays of anti-U.S. solidarity, are now distancing themselves from the Ahmadinejad regime, as tensions rise over Iran’s controversial nuclear policies and new administrations take over in key capitals, The Wilson Center’s Latin America Program director said Thursday. Briefing senators on Iran’s activities in the region, Cindy Arnson added that “vigilance” still remains necessary, to guard against any state or nonstate threat in the region. “Vigilance is essential, as is evidence-based consideration of the issues,” she told the subcommittee’s hearing on Iranian activities in Latin America.

Mexico Institute in the News: Is Mexico's drug war strategy working?

Feb 16, 2012
President Calderon has used a military approach to combat the drug cartel problem in Mexico. Some wonder if tolerance or legalizing drugs would be a better approach.

Latin American Program in the News: Pérez, abierto a la legalización

Feb 14, 2012
Otto Perez Molina will likely propose drug legalization at the next summit of regional leaders. Dr. Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, discusses how the initiative comes in response to the frustration over the current drug policy that has defined the region over the past few decades. She argues that even though it may not be implemented, it is a message that is icreasingly becoming part of the discussion in the region. [Article is in Spanish]

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