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Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.
Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.

The U.N.’s Small Success Stories

The organization has been criticized aplenty this week. Its missions in Colombia, Honduras, and Venezuela could be a silver lining.

Members of the Honduran police special forces stand outside the home of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 15.
Members of the Honduran police special forces stand outside the home of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 15.

Hernández’s Arrest Won’t Stop the Drug War

Washington continues to empower repressive and corrupt Latin American governments through flawed security initiatives.

Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro and her husband, former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya arrive at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Jan. 27.
Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro and her husband, former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya arrive at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Jan. 27.

Can Xiomara Castro Make Honduras Safe for Activists?

Her election came on the heels of a major conviction in the murder of environmentalist Berta Cáceres, suggesting there is hope for the country’s civil society.

Honduran President Xiomara Castro holds up her fist as she wears a blue and white sash at her inauguration. She is standing beside a person in a military uniform.
Honduran President Xiomara Castro holds up her fist as she wears a blue and white sash at her inauguration. She is standing beside a person in a military uniform.

How Honduras’s Congress Split in Two

A country euphoric about its first woman president is plunged back into political turmoil.

Supporters of the Honduran opposition and members of the leftist Liberty and Refoundation party celebrate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 30, after Tony Hernández, the brother of the President Juan Orlando Hernández, pictured in the poster, was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking offenses in New York.
Supporters of the Honduran opposition and members of the leftist Liberty and Refoundation party celebrate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 30, after Tony Hernández, the brother of the President Juan Orlando Hernández, pictured in the poster, was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking offenses in New York.

Will Honduras’s Hernández Face Justice in New York?

Extraditing the outgoing president won’t be easy, but it’s what many citizens want.

Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate of the Libertad y Refundación (Libre) party, speaks at a press conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Nov. 28.
Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate of the Libertad y Refundación (Libre) party, speaks at a press conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Nov. 28.

Honduras-U.S. Relations Get a Reset

If incoming President Xiomara Castro lives up to her promises, there’s a chance to address the root causes of forced migration.

Honduran migrants who are part of a caravan heading to the United States get on a truck in southern Mexico.
Honduran migrants who are part of a caravan heading to the United States get on a truck in southern Mexico.

Will Honduras’s Election Lead to Mass Migration?

Repressive rule, and the utter despair that follows, has already had a significant impact on people fleeing to the United States.

Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the LIBRE Party Xiomara Castro take part in the campaign’s closing event in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Nov. 21.
Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the LIBRE Party Xiomara Castro take part in the campaign’s closing event in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Nov. 21.

Honduras’s Pivotal Election

The country’s opposition finally has a shot at ousting the party that has ruled since a 2009 coup—if voting isn’t rigged.

Presidential candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party, Xiomara Castro, greets supporters during an election campaign tour in Honduras.
Presidential candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party, Xiomara Castro, greets supporters during an election campaign tour in Honduras.
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.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez (C), flanked by his Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas (L), and Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, delivers a speech during the first Mercosur Summit held via video conference due to the COVID-19 at the Central Bank headquarters in Asuncion, on July 2, 2020.
Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez (C), flanked by his Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas (L), and Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, delivers a speech during the first Mercosur Summit held via video conference due to the COVID-19 at the Central Bank headquarters in Asuncion, on July 2, 2020.

Latin America’s COVID-19 Fiasco Is Also a Crisis of Regional Integration

A spat at Mercosur’s 30th birthday marked a low point for regional cooperation.

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.

People walk along a street in Planeta, in the municipality of La Lima, Honduras after the passage of Hurricane Eta on Nov. 9.
People walk along a street in Planeta, in the municipality of La Lima, Honduras after the passage of Hurricane Eta on Nov. 9.

Honduras and Nicaragua Have Been Hit By Some of the Worst Natural Disasters in Decades

If Biden gets the response right, he could put the region on better footing for years to come.

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.

Berta Caceres Protest 2018
Berta Caceres Protest 2018

In Honduras, a Journalist Explores an Activist’s Murder

A conversation with Nina Lakhani, author of “Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet”

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