Metastasizing Instability: The Venezuelan Crisis and its Effects throughout Latin America

Colombian police officers stand in front of people lining up to try to cross into Colombia from Venezuela through Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on January 24, 2018. Photo Credit: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters By: Ben Carsman, Columnist Over the past four years, Venezuela has been plunged into a severe political and economic crisis. … Continue reading Metastasizing Instability: The Venezuelan Crisis and its Effects throughout Latin America

Bolsonaro in Brazil: Latin America’s Latest Strongman

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's President-Elect. Photo Credit: Getty Images By: Felipe Herrera, Columnist Jair Bolsonaro, elected on October 28th in the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections, will assume office on January 1st 2019, joining “a number of far-right politicians who have risen to power around the world,”[i] from Italy and Hungary to Argentina and … Continue reading Bolsonaro in Brazil: Latin America’s Latest Strongman

REPORT: Human Rights and the Question of Genocide in the Guatemalan Civil War

Father Ricardo Falla, S.J. Photo Credit: Georgetown CLAS By: Simon Machalek The world has experienced genocide far too many times. Horrifying events such as the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, and the Bosnian genocide were full of vicious violence directed against groups of people who shared the same ethnicity, nationality, race, or religion. After the horrors … Continue reading REPORT: Human Rights and the Question of Genocide in the Guatemalan Civil War

REPORT: Staying on Course: Security, Coca, Justice, and Accord Implementation in Colombia

By: Emiel Haeghebaert, Reporter Photo Credit: WOLA On October 16, 2018, the Washington Office on Latin America hosted a remarkable selection of leaders, practitioners, and experts from Colombia for an all-day event entitled “Staying on Course: Security, Coca, Justice, and Accord Implementation in Colombia.” Throughout the day, three panel discussions offered a deep-dive into the … Continue reading REPORT: Staying on Course: Security, Coca, Justice, and Accord Implementation in Colombia

“Responding to Venezuela’s Exodus,” hosted by WOLA, CEJIL and Georgetown’s ISIM

By: Liana Mitlyng Day, Reporter Photo Credit: Institute for the Study of International Migration On Tuesday, September 19, 2018 the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), and Georgetown’s own Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) hosted a panel discussion on the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela, … Continue reading “Responding to Venezuela’s Exodus,” hosted by WOLA, CEJIL and Georgetown’s ISIM

An Uncertain Future: The 2018 Mexican Election and US-Mexico Relations

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador addresses supporters at a campaign rally in Michoacán. Photo: lopezobrador.org.mx By: Benjamin Carsman, Guest Contributor On July 1, Mexicans will turn out for an election of historic proportions. Voters will elect not just a new president, but “every senator and representative, several governors and numerous local posts—more than … Continue reading An Uncertain Future: The 2018 Mexican Election and US-Mexico Relations

Islamist Militancy in Trinidad & Tobago: The Incubation of Terror

By: Xander Causwell, Columnist Photo by: The Guardian Violent Islamist extremism in Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) has endured despite improbable odds and ineffectual domestic militant operations. Nonetheless, T&T extremist groups will likely continue supporting foreign jihadist operations until the former are dismantled. In 2017 the international community intensified scrutiny of the Republic of T&T’s security … Continue reading Islamist Militancy in Trinidad & Tobago: The Incubation of Terror

Stay in Your Lane: The US Military and the Interagency Community

By: Brian Hayes, Columnist Photo Credit: Department of Defense Admiral Kurt Tidd wants to be South America’s top cop. Tidd, the commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), is not content to focus on military activities. Instead, Tidd wants SOUTHCOM to target criminal networks throughout the theater in order to “detect, illuminate, [and] disrupt” criminal activities. … Continue reading Stay in Your Lane: The US Military and the Interagency Community

Brazil’s Widespread Violence and Failed Responses

By: Alicia Chavy, Columnist Photo Credit: Business Insider In the past five years, Brazil’s security status quo has worsened and will continue to deteriorate if the Brazilian government does not take drastic measures to tackle social inequality and reform its security sector. In 2015, 58,383 people were killed in Brazil due to a surge in … Continue reading Brazil’s Widespread Violence and Failed Responses

Drivers of Migration in Central America

By: Shannon Mizzi, Columnist Photo Credit: USArmy, SPC Steven K Young (via HastalaVictoria Blog) While the Trump administration has largely focused on Mexico when discussing migration to the United States, many migrants do not come from Mexico at all, but from the Northern Triangle (NT) region encompassing El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. In order to … Continue reading Drivers of Migration in Central America