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Central America Security

Mexico: Onset of Migration Crisis

US ‘outsourcing’ immigration enforcement to Mexico has led to massive numbers of migrants waiting at Mexico’s northern and southern borders.

Central America Politics

The risks of American military involvement in Venezuela

The world got a glimpse of National Security Advisor John Bolton’s notepad at a White House briefing this week, and it said ‘5,000 troops to Colombia.’ Is this a viable strategy to help ensure stability in Venezuela? What are the risks of the US military becoming involved in another Latin American nation where memories are still rife with US interference? Will it cause conflict with Russia?

Central America Politics

What to expect from López Obrador’s public consultations

Leftist Mexican President Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who takes office in December, recently held a controversial public consultation to cancel Mexico City’s new multibillion-dollar airport. He is organizing another one over the building of a high-speed railway on the Yucatán Peninsula. Opponents accuse him of using consultations to bypass existing rules and institutions and have raised concerns that doing so could lead to a democratic deficit and generate uncertainty for investors over the medium term.

Central America Economics Environment

The outlook for Costa Rica’s electric vehicle revolution

Costa Rica has introduced tax incentives for the electrical vehicle industry, which is likely to experience exponential growth in the next two decades. Risks to investors nonetheless remain.

Central America Politics

China’s strategic influence is growing in the Americas

At a time of reduced US influence, China’s economic and political ventures in Latin America will pay dividends.

Central America Latin America Politics Special Reports

Special Report: Latin America’s key elections

Latin America is undergoing powerful political changes that will pose challenges to stability in the region. A series of elections in key countries make 2018 a crucial year.

Central America Politics

Spike in protests a symptom of deeper issues in Honduras

On 17 December, Honduras’ electoral tribunal declared incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner of the presidential elections. Resulting allegations of electoral fraud and public protests are however signs of deepening political instability in Honduras, a country already affected by widespread corruption, crime and poverty.