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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 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 »

Venezuela And The Waning Pink Tide

By Laura Carlsen

Dec-08-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen speaks on NPR’s On Point about Venezuela’s major election Sunday Dec. 8 where the opposition took the legislative majority... Read More »

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