Category: Central America

Why democratization’s greatest wave is receding

     

The greatest wave of democratization in history is receding — and crime and violence are to blame. Latin Americans were among the most devoted converts to democracy in the late… Read more »

Petrofraude: the scam that emptied Venezuela’s tables

     

Venezuela has more oil than Saudi Arabia and more poverty than Colombia. Once one of Latin America’s richest countries, it’s now plagued with shortages of everything from toilet paper to antibiotics and food, The… Read more »

How to make extremely violent democracies safe

     

The world’s most violent places are polarized, unequal democracies. There is a way to make them safer, argues Rachel Kleinfeld, a senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment’s Democracy, Conflict, and… Read more »

Corruption sapping faith in Latin American democracy

     

Guatemala is experiencing a major crisis triggered by scandals of corruption; Honduras is debating the re-election of its President, in open contradiction to its Constitution while facing indications of corruption… Read more »

Rule of law, anti-corruption tested in Central America’s Northern Triangle

     

There are indications that Honduras may finally have the momentum and firepower to deal with its corruption problems, say analysts Ana Suazo and Henry Sullivan Atkins. The Indignados movement provided… Read more »

Latin America’s New Turbulence

     

Aside from Peru’s inconclusive election, a number of other Latin American countries are in the midst of turmoil, according to the latest issue of the National Endowment for Democracy’s Journal… Read more »