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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

June 26, 2018

El Salvador
Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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.

July 10, 2019

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost the region’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil.

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.

June 28, 2018

Immigration and Migration
Central America’s Migration Crisis: What’s Next for U.S. Policy?

As tens of thousands of migrants from all over Central America, many of whom are unaccompanied minors, have arrived in the United States in recent years trying to escape violence in their home countr…

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

May 2, 2012

Americas
Countering Criminal Violence in Central America

Jose W. Fernandez and Michael Shifter, author of the new Council Special Report, Countering Criminal Violence in Central America, discuss U.S. and regional efforts to mitigate the violence.