This bulletin presents a summary of a workshop held in Havana, Cuba on April 27-28, 2005 that discussed hemispheric security.
As part of its ongoing effort to promote public discussion of key elements in the debate over security, sovereignity, and security, the Latin American Program organized the conference "Human Rights in the International System: Enforcing Global Governance" to study the current role of human rights in the international system, and the use of human rights as a foreign policy strategy. This publication is the report from this conference.Download a .pdf of the publication.
This article mentioned the Cynthia Arnson’s piece on Venezuela published on PBS. “The economy in Venezuela cannot afford anymore the government working as in the Chavez period. Maduro needs to make adjustments in economic policies, especially improving the productive efficiency in the Department of Petroleum,” starts the article in Chinese. (In Chinese)
Examining the cases of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, the contributors to this timely edited volume explore how societies undergoing democratization in the aftermath of civil war can become mired in violent crime, poor governance, and illiberal political cultures.
Latin American Program on the News: After 20 years of peace, Salvadorans in D.C. still worry about their homeland
Cynthia J. Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, said Salvadoran expatriates play a critical role by sending remittances home, but that is not enough. El Salvador needs people to help build the economy and provide education and job opportunities to keep people out of gangs, she said. “As important as the remittances are to subsidize consumption, [it] is not the same as creating productive capacity, and there is a huge role for the Salvadoran community living in the United States and other countries to contribute to their homeland by creating economic opportunity,” Arnson said. “It is a vicious cycle and, unless people who are in a position to provide capital for the economic growth and job creation [also provide help], it is very hard to see how the country will ever break this cycle.”
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.