Analysis & Commentary

Trade and Engagement with Cuba: What the U.S Government Should Do This Year

While the Obama administration has made major strides on U.S.-Cuba relations, there are a number of actions that it can still do between now and the end of the year that would decisively move the relationship, even as Congress considers whether to end the embargo.

14 Steps the Obama Administration Can Take to Advance U.S.-Cuba Relations

In the U.S. relationship with Cuba, the President can take steps that would improve business opportunities, open new possibilities for U.S. philanthropy, expand American travel, bring health and medicinal benefits to the American people, and strengthen our security.

What Can be Learned from Brazil’s “Pacification” Police Model?

The successes and failures of Rio de Janeiro's Police Pacification Units offers important lessons learned for other countries in the region looking to move away from "mano dura" security policies.

With Seeds Planted, Cannabis Sales in Uruguay Could Start in Late 2016

Uruguay’s deliberate, cautious implementation of its cannabis law has turned a new page: the seeds of the crop that will be sold on the country’s legal cannabis market are finally in the ground, and users will likely be able to purchase cannabis around the country in late 2016.

Factsheet: Growing Support for Expanding U.S.-Cuba Relations

After fifty years of a failed foreign policy on Cuba, one thing has become clear to Americans of all political stripes: it’s time to end the Cuban trade embargo.

What’s in the Administration’s 2017 Central America Aid Request?

The Obama administration's fiscal year 2017 foreign aid budget request again includes substantial assistance for Central America to help address the violence, weak governance, and lack of economic opportunity driving migration from the region.

A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?

Guatemala has carried out one of the most remarkable crusades against corruption in the region’s history, leading to the arrest and trial of former president Otto Pérez Molina for his involvement in a massive corruption scheme and inspiring citizens in neighboring countries to call for robust anti-corruption mechanisms.

New U.S.-Mexico Local Repatriation Arrangements are a Step Forward

The new Local Repatriation Arrangements signed by the U.S. and Mexico represent important efforts of both governments to curtail many of the deportation practices that negatively affect repatriated Mexican migrants.