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About The Americas Program

With more than 35 years of experience in Latin American news and analysis, the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy is a leading source of information for activists, academics and citizens concerned about US foreign policy in Latin America, human rights and movements for social justice within the hemisphere.

From our office in Mexico City, the Americas Program publishes a steady flow of original research and materials that report and analyze events throughout the hemisphere. The Program also acts as a cyber-hub to link up movements in our eight areas: migration, food sovereignty, drug war, democracy and society, land and territory, social movements, human rights and gender equality.  We take a facts-based look at U.S. foreign policy by examining the on-the-ground impact in human rights, militarization and violence, democracy, gender equality and economic justice. Our network of writers in countries throughout the region also traces the achievements, sethacks and challenges of grassroots movements, as the essential component of real social change.  In our writings, public speaking, media interviews and multimedia production, we seek to increase North-South dialogue, break down stereotypes and help inform and broaden networks.

Learn more about at www.cipamericas.org.

The New South American Political Map

By Laura Carlsen

Feb-13-2016 | Article

The election results in Venezuela and Argentina, the Brazilian crisis, and the erosion of the “citizens’ revolution” in Ecuador are part of a change in political climate that puts the transformative processes underway on the defensive... Read More »

The Drug War and Mexico

By Laura Carlsen

Jan-25-2016 | Letter

Ioan Grillo’s conclusion that the United States (and American taxpayers) “should use its drug-war aid to push harder” for anti-corruption and judicial reforms is off base... Read More »

The FARC and the Colombian government continue to reach for peace

By Laura Carlsen

Dec-18-2015 | Video, Interview

Since 2012, the Colombian government has been negotiating a peace deal with Latin America’s largest guerilla army, the FARC. This comes after an armed conflict between the two sides that has lasted more than 50 years and seen 200,000 people killed and millions displaced. Political analyst Laura Carlsen joins Elaine Reyes on the set of “Americas Now to discuss the current state of the peace talks.... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

CIP in the Press
  • Episode 42

    Laura Carlsen interviewed

    Counterpunch Radio, 05-23-16

    This week Eric welcomes back to the program Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, to discuss the ongoing disappearances of activists in Mexico, the reassertion of US hegemony in Latin America, and how militarization and free trade are the cornerstones of US imperial power in the region. Eric and Laura begin with an analysis of the recent kidnappings of Mexican activists and the frightening similarities with the infamous Ayotzinapa disappearances of 2014. The conversation then shifts to Central America and Honduras, and the role of Hillary Clinton and the US in that country. Eric and Laura also discuss how the Trans-Pacific Partnership and privatization are at the heart of much of the negative developments in the Americas, and how this drive is connected to geopolitical and strategic considerations. All this and much more in this wide-ranging conversation...Read More »

  • Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign-Policy Catastrophes

    quoted

    Real Independent News and Film, 02-21-16

    Dick Emanuelson, at the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy, headlined “Military Forces Sow Terror and Fear in Honduras,” and he described in Honduras a situation very much like that which had occurred in Argentina when the generals there took over in 1976 and rounded up and “disappeared” leaders who constituted a threat to the aristocracy’s continued rule in that country...Read More »

  • The Young Drug Lords Fighting for El Chapo’s Throne

    Laura Carlsen quoted

    The Daily Beast, 01-31-16

    “I’ve been in Mexico for 30 years,” Carlsen says, “But I never imagined that we could see the levels of violence happening now”...Read More »