Central America Archive

36(4) Summer 2015, Central America, Current Feature, East Asia, Eastern Africa, Economics, Environment, Features, Politics, Security, South America, Southern Africa, West Africa

Crime Gone Wild: The Dangers of the International Illegal Wildlife Trade

What widely illegal powdered substance possesses a market value approaching US$100,000 per kilogram? A common guess would be cocaine. However, the answer is actually...
Pope Francis and other Vatican diplomats have been in secret talks for years with US and Cuban leaders, mediating a deal between the two. 
Photo by Pete Souza, public domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(3) Spring 2015, Central America, North America, Politics, World in Review

Dissecting a Miracle: Pope Francis the Peacemaker

After more than five decades of hostility, embargo, and diplomatic frigidity, December 17, 2014 brought news of the seemingly impossible—the beginnings of a thaw...
Women from the Association of the Families of the Disappeared demonstrate in front of the palace of the government during the military rule of Pinochet. By Museum of Memory and Human Rights. CC BY-SA 3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Americas, Caribbean, Central America, Human Rights, North America, Perspectives, Politics, South America

Latin America: A Backlash in Human Rights?

As a source of political upheaval, Latin America has to a large extent abandoned international news headlines. Since the two-decade-long democratization process unleashed from 1978 to 2000, countries...
Americas, Asia, Blog, Central America, East Asia, Economics

Jade Rabbits Dream of Canals

International relations is one of the few fields in which gesture and symbol is of tremendous significance. Although it surely does not trump action,...

Americas, Analysis, Blog, Central America, Economics, Features, Human Rights, North America, Politics, South America, World in Review

Sensible Reforms or Political Posturing?

Immigration—both legal and illegal—has a variety of influences on the US economy, some positive and some negative. But the actual effects often get lost...

14(1) Fall 1991, 26(4) Winter 2005, Americas, Central America, Economics, Perspectives, South America

Mexico’s Economic Success Story: Lessons for Brazil

Brazil used to be more stable and successful than its neighbors, but now it is a misgoverned mess. Mexico, though never as successful as...

Americas, Central America, Economics, Features, South America

Latin America Confronts the Challenges of the 1990’s

At the start of the decade, Latin America was experiencing five regional trends of note: the effects of the "Lost Generation", eroding industrial infrasture,...

Americas, Central America, North America, South America

US Policy in El Salvador

The US has consistently failed to understand the underlying causes for El Salvador's widespread problems with poverty, civil war, and the attempt to establish...

19(4) Fall 1997, Americas, Central America, Economics, Features, North America, Politics, South America

Back to Basics

Fundamental principles that drive the assumptions of the "Washington Consensus" and Latin American democratic initiatives need to be reexamined. Democracy in Latin America is...

19(4) Fall 1997, Americas, Central America, Economics, Features, North America, South America

Free Trade Express?

Trade integration alone will not save domestic economies, but the manner in which integration progresses will have economic,political, and social consequences for both Latin...