Analysis & Commentary

Letter to The New York Times Editor: Aid to Central America

In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán stresses the importance of channeling U.S. aid to those governments and institutions firmly committed to promoting violence prevention, economic opportunity and genuine, long-term reform.

What Does the New U.S. Special Envoy Mean for Colombia's Peace Process?

WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy Adam Isacson weighs in on the political implications of the U.S. government's new special envoy for the Colombian peace process, Bernie Aronson.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

New Threats against Afro-Colombian Communities, Human and Labor Rights Groups Raise Concern

In a note to policymakers, WOLA documents new human and labor rights violations
U.S. officials must take action in the wake of continued threats against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

WOLA Monitoring the Administration's Central America Aid Request

Smart Investment Means Effectively Targeting Corruption, Violence, and Poverty
As it makes its way through Congress, WOLA is closely following the Obama administration's historic billion-dollar aid request to Central America for FY2016, a proposal which—if invested wisely—could address the underlying factors that have fueled record migration from the region in recent years.

Álvaro Uribe Addresses WOLA’s 5 Questions on the Colombian Peace Process

In his recent Washington visit, former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe addressed —but failed to fully respond to— WOLA’s five questions about his opposition to the Colombian peace process.

After Decades of Neglect, a Promising New U.S. Strategy for Central America?

In this post to The Hill's Congress Blog, WOLA Senior Associates Adriana Beltrán and Marc Hanson argue that Central American aid should go to groups and governments with real political will to tackle inequality, corruption, and violence.

Venezuela’s Other Crisis: A Justice System Dismantled From Within

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde argues that Venezuela's judicial system has become increasingly politicized, reflecting a society in which “rule by law” is taking precedence over “rule of law.”