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March 6, 2015

United States
Central America’s Unaccompanied Minors

During the summer of 2014 tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S-Mexico border. Over the course of the fiscal year, nearly 70,000—mostly from the Northern Triangle countries …

Women and their children wait in line to register at the Honduran Center for Returned Migrants after being deported from Mexico, in San Pedro Sula

May 17, 2016

Immigration and Migration
Migration From Central America Rising

Central America’s Northern Triangle is one of the most violent regions in the world. Last year’s murder rate of roughly 54 per 100,000 inhabitants surpasses Iraq’s civilian death toll. El Salvador al…

Children from Honduras have their meals at the Todo por ellos immigrant shelter in Tapachula

April 9, 2012

Immigration and Migration
Central America’s Moment

While Brazil and Mexico (in good and bad ways) tend to fill U.S. headlines regarding Latin America, other nations matter as well for the United States. Among them are the Central American countries o…

Central Americas Moment - Latin Americas Moment

July 17, 2019

Space
The Moon Landing Anniversary Confronts America With a Fateful Choice

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, U.S. policymakers face the choice of whether to put humanity on a trajectory of peaceful cooperation or dangerous militarization in space. 

 Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed U.S. flag on the lunar surface.

October 24, 2018

Central America
Trump’s Cuts to Central America Aid Will Lead to More Caravans

U.S. programs can make the Northern Triangle a better place to live than to leave.

Central American migrants walk along a street, as they continue their journey trying to reach the U.S., in Tapachula, Mexico October 22, 2018.

April 9, 2012

United States
America’s Role in Reducing Violence in Central America

A casual observer of world events might believe that interstate wars, civil wars, and terrorism, given the prominence of media coverage, are the primary causes of violent deaths. In fact, of the esti…

Guatemala crime scene

March 5, 2012

Americas
Vice President Biden Visits Mexico and Central America

On Sunday, Joe Biden began his second trip to Latin America as Vice President. In 2009  he went to Chile and Costa Rica to talk about the global economic crisis; now he is in Mexico and Honduras, foc…

Biden and Calderon Image - Latin America's Moment

November 1, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s Coming Family Feud

Fiery new populist presidents in Brazil and Mexico could turn an old rivalry toxic.

 Flag bearers carry the Mexican and Brazilian flags out onto the pitch prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

April 30, 2019

Nigeria
Dangote’s Oil Refinery Central to Nigeria Meeting Its Production Goals

On April 25, the managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, said that Aliko Dangote's new Lagos oil refinery is central to the government meeting its ambi…

Nigeria-Dangote-Oil-Refinery-Construction

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

Books