Analysis & Commentary

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.

Ayotzinapa Fact Sheet: Investigating the Enforced Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

What happened the night the students disappeared? Who is working on the investigation? What have they found?

Guatemala Opens Landmark Sexual Violence Trial Against Former Military Officers

An important litmus test for the Guatemala justice system, on February 1, 2016, the landmark Sepur Zarco trial began in Guatemala.

"Peace Colombia": What's New About It?

A walk-through of the 2017 aid request, and the likely congressional debate
While an important and necessary improvement over past U.S. aid, "Peace Colombia" is a smaller, and more military-focused, program than it should be. The new package is different than what came before, but not radically different.