President Barack Obama has said that the huge number of unaccompanied children who are coming to the United States from Central America represents an urgent humanitarian situation. He is right; the suffering of tens of thousands of children is unthinkable. The humanitarian crisis that President Obama refers to is, however, only the tip of the iceberg of what has been happening in this corridor of intense migration - Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador), Mexico and the United States - over the past two decades.
Associate Program Director Eric L. Olson is quoted in The Washington Post about how the lack of security on the freight trains, known as "The Beast", is one of the most obvious issues that must be tackled in order to enforce Mexico's role as a transit country.
Global Fellow Jorge Heine provides insight on potential Chinese investments in Chile in energy and infrastructure sectors.
Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article about the US imposed visa bans on 20 Venezuelan officials, citing alleged human rights abuses. The timing of the sanctions could strengthen Maduro's anti-US credentials.
Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson is quoted in this article about Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's request for more U.S. assistance during his visit to the United States.
Program Director Cynthia Arnson has an article on Colombia in this edition of the journal "Americas Quarterly."
Associate Program Director Eric L.Olson is quoted about the extent to which money will be used efficiently in the U.S. plan to deter unaccompanied minors from continuing to enter the U.S.
Associate Director Eric L.Olson provides a quote on the influx of unaccompanied minors to countries like Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Associate Director Eric L.Olson provides a quote on factors that have led to a steady increase in migration flows.
Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson provides a comment on the proliferation of gang violence among young men in Central America.