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News and analysis of politics, security, development and U.S. policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the Washington Office on Latin America.

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News and analysis of politics, security, development and U.S. policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the Washington Office on Latin America.

    How Corruption Continues to Erode Citizen Security in Central America

    How Corruption Continues to Erode Citizen Security in Central America

    Adriana Beltran and Austin Robles of WOLA’s Citizen Security Program discuss the beleaguered fight against corruption in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Their Central America Monitor tracks progress on 8 indicators and closely watches over U.S. aid.

    • 29 min
    What the State of the Union Means for Latin America

    What the State of the Union Means for Latin America

    Our team recorded a roundtable discussion at WOLA the morning after this year's State of the Union, particularly focused on what the president's words and actions mean for human rights and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.

    • 26 min
    A Week on the Border: Observing the Consequences of Remain in Mexico

    A Week on the Border: Observing the Consequences of Remain in Mexico

    The U.S. policy of "Remain in Mexico", building the border wall, and the overall criminalization of Central American migrants and asylum seekers has produced a number human rights, economic, security, and administrative consequences on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. During the week of January 20th, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) staff and partners visited El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in order to observe and document the state of migration and migrant rights at the border.

    • 43 min
    Venezuela: New Year, New Political Tumult

    Venezuela: New Year, New Political Tumult

    For Venezuela, 2020 began with new political turmoil, as the Maduro government maneuvered to take over the presidency of the opposition-majority National Assembly.

    Will this backfire for Maduro? Can the opposition maintain unity? Are negotiations toward new elections feasible? Is the U.S. government sending a coherent message? What about other international actors, like the EU and Russia? Geoff Ramsey, WOLA's director for Venezuela, explains this moment and potential solutions.

    • 36 min
    Protest and Politics in Post-Conflict Colombia

    Protest and Politics in Post-Conflict Colombia

    WOLA Director for the Andes Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli explains Colombia's four-week-old wave of social protests, peace accord implementation, and what WOLA staff saw and heard during October field research in the conflictive Arauca and Chocó regions.

    • 37 min
    The Trump Administration's Body Blow to Cuba's Private Sector

    The Trump Administration's Body Blow to Cuba's Private Sector

    Though the Trump administration is purportedly pro-business, its Cuba policy has hit the island's nascent private sector very hard. Oniel Díaz of AUGE, a Cuban business development team, discusses the damage done and how entrepreneurs are adapting.

    • 39 min

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