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Venezuela’s Drone Mystery

Erik Brand ˙ ˙ Latin America Advisor

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused leading opposition lawmakers, Colombia’s government and financial backers in the United States of having a role in what Venezuela claims was an attempt to assassinate Maduro and military leaders with armed drones at a public event on Aug. 4. Authorities have made some arrests in the case, but it remains to be proven publicly who orchestrated the attack. What are the biggest takeaways from the drone bomb mystery?Read more +

Peru’s Slow Unwinding

Tamar Ziff, Ben Raderstorf ˙ ˙ Voces

Cesar Jose Honostroza Pariachi / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Peru’s inclination to growth over institutionalization could be seen as a sort of libertarian experiment—getting the state out of the way in a country where economic mismanagement has more than once led to disaster. But, while in the short term Peru has defied research that shows that institutional factors—such as corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency, and lack of trust and satisfaction in government—are consistent structural obstacles to prosperity, cracks are beginning to show. Read more +

Strengthening Human Capital in Guatemala in Partnership with Diaspora Groups

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙ Opportunities for My Community

Graduation Ceremony of the B’etil Diploma in El Palmar
Migrants have a strong potential to transform their families and societies; the challenge is harnessing this potential. The Opportunities for My Community project explores practical ways in which various actors, including diaspora groups and remittance companies, can work effectively to support education in Guatemala.Read more +

El Salvador: Tackling Impunity Past and Present

Anna Egas, Michael Camilleri ˙ ˙ Voces

Presidencia El Salvador / Flickr / CC0 1.0
In the two years since the repeal of the amnesty law, El Salvador has taken tentative steps towards establishing accountability for the atrocities of the civil war. Are these nascent advances in transitional justice threatening political stability and exacerbating present-day challenges as critics feared? Alternatively, could seeking accountability for past abuses facilitate efforts to tackle widespread impunity for contemporary crimes?Read more +

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