Analysis & Commentary

New Data Show that Mexico has Intensified Its Immigration Operations Without Building an Adequate Refugee Protection System

In 2014, Mexico only gave asylum to 451 individuals; 83 percent of applications came from Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans
An analysis explaining why Mexico has so many potential refugees and so few recognized refugees.

Colombia's Peace Process: Some Frequently Asked Questions

Explanations of key issues at a difficult moment in the FARC-government peace talks
For over 25 years, the Washington Office on Latin America has closely tracked Colombia's armed conflict and efforts to end it. Here is our assessment of the current moment.

Guatemala Corruption Scandals Signal End of Era of Impunity

The uncovering of a series of massive corruption scandals in Guatemala has sparked a succession of widespread public protests. This could be an opportunity to push for political and institutional reforms to root out corruption and strengthen Guatemalan institutions.

The Seven Steps of Drug Policy Reform in Ecuador

Recent History and a Look toward the Future
Ecuador has entered a new era in drug policy and legislation. Taken in the context of past reforms, what does the latest legislation mean?

What Colombia's 'Truth Commission' Can, and Can't, Do

Senior Associate for Regional Security Adam Isacon explains the mandate of the recently-established truth commission in Colombia, as the country's peace talks face a fragile moment.

With Colombia's Conflict Escalating, What's Next for Peace Talks?

Colombia’s peace process with the FARC continues to wobble from the blow dealt by an April 15 guerrilla attack. Is there any way for the government and guerrillas to move peace talks forward?

Recent Killing of Journalist in Mexico Underscores Need to Strengthen Protections

Government Program to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Faces Serious Challenges
Defenders and journalists will continue to be at risk until authorities investigate and prosecute crimes against them, and implement effective protections.