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El Salvador: Results Versus Norms in a Troubled Democracy

October 5, 2023

El Salvador’s charismatic young president Nayib Bukele has succeeded in achieving what seemed for many Salvadorans unattainable: freeing the country from two decades of extortion and violence at the hands of the gangs: Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio-18.  The country’s homicide rate has fallen from more than 100 per 100,000 to 7.8 per 100,000 last year, […]

The Struggle for the Soul of the Latin American Left

July 7, 2022

On April 7, 2022, the United Nations General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council for its egregious human rights violations during the brutal invasion of Ukraine. Brazil, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, were not among the 93 countries that voted against Russia, highlighting Latin America as […]

Neighbor at Risk: Mexico’s Deepening Crisis

January 7, 2021

With 128 million people and GDP of $1.26 trillion, Mexico is strongly connected to the United States through geography, commerce, and family. What happens in Mexico directly affects the security and prosperity of the United States, and vice versa. Mexico, not China, is the United States’ largest trading partner, with $614 billion in bilateral commerce […]