Analysis & Commentary

Why an End to the U.S. Embargo on Cuba is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Over the past year, the relationship between the United States and Cuba has advanced significantly toward normalization. Nevertheless, only the U.S. Congress can lift the embargo, and as momentum shifts towards the side of the reformers, WOLA explores six signs that demonstrate an impetus for change.

Uruguayan Heroes in the Resettlement of Former Guantanamo Prisoners

WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson offers her thoughts on Uruguay's resettlement of six former Guantanamo detainees, more than a year after they were transferred.

Forensic Study Refutes Mexican Government’s Version of the 43 Students’ Disappearance

Second Independent Analysis Finds No Evidence That Students Were Killed and Burned at Trash Dump
The goal of the EAAF study was to determine whether the evidence collected from the trash dump supports the theory that the 43 disappeared students were killed and burned at the site. The short answer is no.

What Does the Future Hold for 'Chavismo' in Venezuela?

In Venezuela, the Maduro government faces three possible futures. It can: change its economic policies, be voted out of power over the coming years, or become significantly less democratic.

A Future at Home: Investing in Youth Opportunity in Central America

Today, WOLA is releasing a report that focuses on the lack of opportunity for youth in the Northern Triangle of Central America. As the U.S. begins discussions on its FY2017 budget, the report sheds light on what needs to be done to provide opportunities for youth.

A First Glance at the 2017 Foreign Aid Request for Latin America

Aid would go up modestly, with most increases for Colombia
WOLA identifies US$1,784,379,000 in assistance specified for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, based on the preliminary budget documents. This is a 9.5 percent increase over 2015 levels.

Migration through Mexico: A Humanitarian Emergency

Interactive Map Shows Impact of Mexico's Southern Border Program
Increased enforcement along Mexico’s southern border has raised concerns about potentially severe humanitarian consequences for thousands of Central Americans fleeing violence, poverty, and lack of opportunity. This map uses data, photos, and first-person accounts to show what’s happening at Mexico’s southern border.

The Many Lessons of Plan Colombia

Although Plan Colombia's strategy has achieved important advances, it’s still not time to declare “mission accomplished.” In a post-conflict scenario, it is vital to develop state institutions in Colombia's rural areas and a new plan, with generous support from international donors, is needed.