WOLA in the News

WOLA is the leading source for independent analysis and commentary on Latin America. Our experts are called upon regularly by members of the press for up-to-date news on developments in the region. This page provides a selected feed of recent articles quoting WOLA. For media inquiries, please contact our press office at press@wola.org or at (202) 797-2171.

Investigators of Mexican disappearances hit government roadblocks

WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson says the Mexican government's official theory in the case of 43 disappeared students is not sustained by the facts of the case.
Washington Post

Mexican Human Rights Defenders Say They Are Target of Smear Campaign

WOLA Senior Associate Maureen Meyer discusses a defamation campaign against the international Group of Experts investigating the case of 43 disappeared students in Mexico.

In one of the world's most violent countries, the police are adding to the carnage

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde says militarized forms of policing in Venezuela have proven ineffective many times over.
Business Insider

Keiko Fujimori, Ex-President’s Daughter, Heads to Runoff in Peru

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt discusses the candidates running in Peru's presidential election.
New York Times

A bad mix for Venezuela: oil and Chavez

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde talks about the legacy of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
NPR Marketplace

Why is Honduras the world's deadliest country for environmentalists?

WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán says that the death of Berta Cáceres indicates the grave risk faced by Honduran human rights defenders.
The Guardian

Inside the Booming Smuggling Trade Between Venezuela and Colombia

WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson explains why smuggling is so profitable between Colombia and Venezuela.

Marxist Group Once Led by Priest to Talk Peace With Colombia

WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson talks about what negotiations with the ELN will mean for Colombia's future.

Colombia peace talks miss goal and are likely to go on for months, observers say

WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson discusses how the FARC in Colombia will demobilize after the signing of a potential peace agreement.
Los Angeles Times

Obama Hopes Cuba Visit Can Be Harbinger of Political Change

WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale discusses the context around President Obama's historic trip to Cuba.
New York Times