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.

Can Uruguay kill drug cartels by legalizing marijuana?

WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh says drug cartels will likely to struggle to compete with Uruguay’s legal cannabis market under the country’s current regulatory plan.

Colombia's Security Export

According to a recent WOLA report, the lack of transparency in U.S.-Colombia military cooperation raises concerns about a potential spread of human rights abuses.

Peru to Drop Coca-Leaf Eradication, Promote Other Crops

Peru’s emphasis on providing alternatives to coca-leaf growing is a “welcome development,” according to WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers.
The Wall Street Journal

Miami’s Venezuelans Are Starting To Drive U.S. Policy Like Their Cuban Neighbors

Senior Fellow David Smilde discusses the largely anti-Chávez and anti-Maduro Venezuelan community in the U.S., which influences policy toward Venezuela through lobbying.

High-stakes Colombian presidential race marred by scandals, personal feuds

Because candidate Óscar Zuluaga is more confrontational with neighboring Venezuela, Senior Associate Adam Isacson says regional stability could suffer if Zuluaga defeats incumbent Juan Manuel Santos.
The Washington Post

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked

As Yoani Sanchez’s digital newspaper challenges Cuba’s limits on free speech, Senior Associate Marc Hanson discusses the impact of the U.S. embargo on communications within the island.

David Smilde: Sanctions on Venezuela would be counterproductive

In an Op-Ed, Senior Fellow David Smilde explains how sanctioning Venezuela would shift a conflict between the Venezuelan government and its opposition to a conflict between Venezuela and the U.S.
The Washington Post

Colombia Said to Reach Agreement With FARC on Drug Trafficking

The latest agreement in the Colombia peace process may bolster support for Juan Manuel Santos ahead of the May 25 presidential election, according to Senior Associate Adam Isacson.
Bloomberg Businessweek

US aid to Mexico’s federal police wasted as corruption soars, study finds

With more than $1 billion in U.S. aid failed to stem corruption within Mexican law enforcement, Senior Associate Maureen Meyer advises the U.S. to rethink further funds in a recent WOLA report.
Fox News

Venezuelans Ask What Now After Protest Camp Raids

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde says the barricades that were prominent in Caracas in February and March could return following mass arrests at Venezuelan protest camps.
Associated Press