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Lucia Arecely Vail looks down at her daughter playing below from the top of her unfinished home in Cajolá, Guatemala.
Lucia Arecely Vail looks down at her daughter playing below from the top of her unfinished home in Cajolá, Guatemala.

For Central Americans, Biden’s Spending Could Spark a Boom

Remittances from migrant laborers could help drive economic growth in places such as Guatemala.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on Jan. 11, 2017.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on Jan. 11, 2017.

Why Is Taiwan Bankrolling a U.S. Lobbyist for Guatemala?

Taipei’s checkbook diplomacy is poised for a showdown with Washington’s anti-corruption agenda.

The quiet atmosphere of a street in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, in 1954 before the upheaval of the June 18 coup.
The quiet atmosphere of a street in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, in 1954 before the upheaval of the June 18 coup.

The Harsh Price of U.S. Profit in Latin America

Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel “Harsh Times” is an acid denunciation of corporate interests’ role in establishing U.S. power.

Migrants enter Guatemala.
Migrants enter Guatemala.

To Solve the Border Crisis, Look Beyond the Border

U.S. policy should focus on legal circular migration, targeted investments, and leveraging diaspora networks to make staying put a viable option for Central Americans.

López Obrador speaks in Mexico City
López Obrador speaks in Mexico City

Mexico’s López Obrador Is Pulling an Erdogan on Biden

By reducing U.S.-Mexican relations to migration, Biden is letting himself be played—and ignoring a crisis south of the border.

Protesters in Honduras hold banners.
Protesters in Honduras hold banners.

Want to Counter Authoritarianism in Central America? Follow the Money.

The United States lacks reliable partners in the region. Here’s how to hold them accountable.

A man wrapped in a Guatemalan flag takes part in a march.
A man wrapped in a Guatemalan flag takes part in a march.

Biden’s Top Priority in Central America Is Fighting Corruption. That’s an Uphill Battle.

In the last few years, as politicians, judges, and other campaigners were stymied, the political will to fight graft has eroded.

Newly appointed attorney general Rodolfo Delgado is sworn in during the first plenary session of the Legislative Assembly in San Salvador, on May 2.
Newly appointed attorney general Rodolfo Delgado is sworn in during the first plenary session of the Legislative Assembly in San Salvador, on May 2.

In Central America, Rule of Law Is Under Attack. El Salvador Is the Latest Victim.

El Salvador’s populist president is following the playbook of corrupt elites in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras when it comes to top courts.

Children attend the funeral of Rubelsy Tomas Isidro, a Guatemalan migrant murdered alongside 18 other people in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas last month, in Comitancillo, Guatemala, on March 13.
Children attend the funeral of Rubelsy Tomas Isidro, a Guatemalan migrant murdered alongside 18 other people in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas last month, in Comitancillo, Guatemala, on March 13.

Biden Rethinks Central America Strategy

Corrupt local elites thwarted some engagement efforts of the past decade, Biden’s new special envoy wrote.

María Mercedes Coroy in Jayro Bustamante's "La Llorona"
María Mercedes Coroy in Jayro Bustamante's "La Llorona"

The Dictator’s Ghost

Horror has always been political. In Jayro Bustamante’s “La Llorona,” the long shadow of genocide haunts the house.

A Central American migrant and his child
A Central American migrant and his child

The Feds Moved Migrants in Unmarked Vans Overseas

Homeland Security rented vans to illegally hustle migrants to the border—in a foreign country.

People protest against corruption in Lima on January 3, 2019.
People protest against corruption in Lima on January 3, 2019.

How to Tackle Coronavirus Corruption

Latin American governments have a chance to model a better version of the inspector general, with even greater autonomy, to address graft in the public health sector.

1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, deployed on Operation Nanook-Nunalivut
1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, deployed on Operation Nanook-Nunalivut

The Best Deep Dives in 2019

Essential reads from the Arctic Circle to Xinjiang.

Guatemalan presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei speaks to supporters in Guatemala City on Aug. 11 after the run-off presidential election.
Guatemalan presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei speaks to supporters in Guatemala City on Aug. 11 after the run-off presidential election.

Guatemala’s New President Won’t Stop Citizens Leaving

The Trump administration is relying on the country to curb migration. That won’t happen.

Guatemala's Ixil people at burial of victims of Guatemala's 1982 civil war massacre, in the Quiche village of Nebaj on July 30, 2014.
Guatemala's Ixil people at burial of victims of Guatemala's 1982 civil war massacre, in the Quiche village of Nebaj on July 30, 2014.

Guatemala Declares War on History

Looking for help on immigration, the Trump administration is silent in the face of Guatemala’s effort to seal its dirty war archive.

Guatemalan migrants use makeshift rafts to cross the Suchiate River from Tecún Umán in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas State, Mexico, on July 22.
Guatemalan migrants use makeshift rafts to cross the Suchiate River from Tecún Umán in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas State, Mexico, on July 22.

Trump’s Safe Third Country Agreement With Guatemala Is a Lie

Forcing migrants to claim asylum in Guatemala will further destabilize that country and harm migrants.

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