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Future Terrorists

Jan 07, 2014
We need to build bridges to those most vulnerable to radicalization, writes Jane Harman in The Los Angeles Times.

Russia and Countering Violent Extremism in the Internet and Social Media: Exploring Prospects for U.S.-Russia Cooperation Beyond the "Reset"

Dec 16, 2013
This study, based on primary research conducted in Moscow in 2012, defines Russia’s assessment of domestic and international sources violent extremist threats; explains Moscow’s perspective on balancing democratic principles with the challenge of countering violent extremism in the Internet/social media; assesses existing capacities and impediments to further international collaboration with Russia in countering violent extremism in the Internet/social media spheres; defines specific initiatives that Russia, the United States, and other nations of the world community could advance to enhance international cooperation in countering violent extremism throughout the world cyber community.

Latin American Program in the News: Election strengthens Honduran military's hand

Dec 03, 2013
This article discusses the role that the Honduran military played in the election of National Party candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez. Eric Olson discusses how the military has become a political actor and why the region is likely to become more militarized.

Latin American Program in the News: Las FARC y el narcotráfico: el motivo y el pretexto

Dec 03, 2013
Wilson Center expert, Juan Carlos Garzón, discusses the role the narcotrafficking is playing in the negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC. He says that narcotrafficking and the role that FARC has played in that has been exaggerated. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: In Honduras vote, new lesson in how the drug war steers politics

Dec 03, 2013
This article discusses the recent elections in Honduras and platforms that the candidates each ran on regarding drugs and crime. LAP Associate Director, Eric Olson, discusses what to expect from president-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez.

The Iran Deal: A Humanizing Breakthrough

Nov 25, 2013
So the recent talks in Geneva between Iran and the world’s six major powers produced far more than a long-elusive deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program, writes Robin Wright in Time. Geneva laid the cornerstone to defuse 34 years of both overt and covert confrontation over a host of other issues too.

Latin American Program in the News: Two opposing parties claim win in Honduras presidential election

Nov 25, 2013
The conservative ruling party and a leftist coalition both claimed victory in the Honduras presidential election.

Best Chance in a Decade on an Iran Nuke Deal

Nov 22, 2013
In this interview, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright and former scholar David Sanger both agree that a nuclear deal with Iran could be imminent. “Iran needs a deal like never before,” said Robin Wright. “I would be surprised if we don’t get a deal.”

Latin American Program in the News: Is World's Most Powerful Drug Kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Hiding in Honduras?

Nov 22, 2013
Eric Olson, LAP Associate Director, comments to Forbes on recent speculations that Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman might have left Mexico and be hiding out in Honduras.

Latin American Program in the News: Roger Noriega accuses Honduran candidate’s husband of drug-trafficking links

Nov 22, 2013
The neo-con former U.S. diplomat and current lobbyist apparently isn’t a fan of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya or his wife, presidential candidate Xiomara Castro.

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