About the Latin American Program

The Latin American Program fosters new research, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among a broad range of stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action. It aims to inform the most critical debates of the day and propose innovative solutions to the region’s most vexing challenges. more

The Latest from the Latin American Program


U.S. Flag Raised over Cuban Embassy

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Aug 25, 2015
In this edition of TRENDING, Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center,discusses the significance of this historic day in Havana for U.S.-Cuba relations. more

Kerry in Cuba: Can Relations Become "Normal"?

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August 13, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
Join us BY PHONE as three experts on U.S-Cuban relations analyse how will issues such as private investment be dealt with as the U.S. trade embargo persists? How can progress thus far on law enforcement and counter-narcotics cooperation, and search and rescue operations be furthered? What are the areas of common self-interest where collaboration is possible? more

Climate Change Adaptation and Population Dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues for Policy Makers

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July 28, 2015 // 9:00am4:00pm
On July 28, we bring to Washington top experts and policymakers from seminars in Colombia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Peru, to further broaden the dialogue about climate adaptation and population dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean; and to encourage the development of new policy and programmatic tools that help countries of the region meet the financial, organizational, and political challenges that climate change presents. more

Why the Next Few Months Will be Critical for the Latest Colombia FARC Truce

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Jul 22, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is quoted about the critical next steps in the Colombian peace process. more

U.S. And Cuba Restore Diplomatic Relations

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Jul 21, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is interviewed about the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba. more

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