About the Program
The Latin America Studies program examines opportunities and challenges facing the Western Hemisphere in the twenty-first century. From political and economic reform in Argentina to corruption in Mexico to the Central American migrant crisis, the program responds to political, social, and economic developments across the region and provides timely and insightful commentary and policy recommendations.
The region has changed dramatically over the past few decades, mostly for the better.
Latin America is home to many dynamic market-based economies and forward looking democratic societies. Over the last two decades tens of millions of citizens left poverty for the middle class, now more than one-third of the region’s 630 million population. Civil society organizations and public reformers alike have advanced transparency, accountability, and inclusion.
Still these nations face significant challenges. Corruption plagues too many and runs deeply, frustrating voters even as it unseats public officials and prominent business leaders. Violence threatens the well-being of so many, driving millions of Central Americans, Mexicans, and others from their homes. And Venezuela’s political, economic, and increasing humanitarian crisis affects not just that nation’s future but threatens to test gains throughout South America.
To advance a better understanding of these and other hemispheric issues, the Latin America Studies program conducts outreach to academics and policymakers. Senior Fellows host roundtable series to discuss regional developments, and write widely on Latin America issues in articles, op-eds, and books, as well as in their blog Latin America’s Moment.