Analysis & Commentary

Migration and Citizen Security in El Salvador

The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration offers a promising approach
The newly installed Sanchez Cerén administration in El Salvador offers some promising proposals to address the lack of opportunity and insecurity that drive irregular migration to the United States.

12 Principles to Assess the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle

WOLA's Central America team drafted a set of key principles to assess the Central American governments’ Alliance for Prosperity plan that was presented by the Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras this past Tuesday to Secretary of State John Kerry. The plan addresses the drivers of migration in the region.

The MCC Announcement in El Salvador

What It Says about U.S. Assistance to El Salvador and the Region
The signing of a long-stalled Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact between the United States and El Salvador sends a political signal that the Obama Administration is prepared to work with the newly installed FMLN President Salvador Sanchez Cerén.

U.S. Organizations Support Broad Inclusion of Victims’ Voices into Colombian Peace Process and Urge Protection for Victims and Defenders

Eight human rights organizations issued a statement expressing concern over recent threats against human rights defenders in Colombia.

Colombian Human Rights Defenders Receive Barrage of Threats, Attacks as Protection Funds Dwindle

Over the past month, over 100 Colombian human rights defenders have received threats and attacks for their work.

With Enemies Like Cuba, Who Needs Friends?

Obama designates Cuba a U.S. enemy; meanwhile, our militaries cooperate
On September 5, the White House announced that the Obama administration had renewed Cuba's designation as an enemy of the United States. Ironically, at the same time that the announcement was made, our military was closely cooperating with the Cuban military to monitor an unresponsive aircraft that cruised into Cuban airspace.

Report: Washington's Marijuana Legalization Grows Knowledge, Not Just Pot

New WOLA/Brookings report analyzes legal marijuana program in Washington state
In this analysis of the legal and regulated marijuana program in Washington state, Philip Wallach finds that the state's most bold innovation is not the sale of marijuana, but rather its meticulous study of the historic experiment.

Five Questions about Mexico's New Southern Border Program

There is little clarity about the budget, scope, or operational strategy of Mexico’s new Southern Border Program. In the meantime, as Mexico moves forward with its plans to secure the southern border, here are five key questions.