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Security and U.S. Policy in Latin America

"Just the Facts" is a joint project of the Center for International Policy, the Latin America Working Group and the Washington Office on Latin America. We keep track of U.S. policy toward Latin America and its impact, especially where security is concerned. See our U.S. aid database and much more at www.justf.org.

Episodes Archive

Download The Week Ahead: October 19, 2013  19-10-2013 (10.97 MB)

The Week Ahead: October 19, 2013

  • Adam talks about a U.S.-backed coca eradication offensive in Peru, a delivery of U.S. helicopters and equipment to Guatemala, and a series of events affecting human rights and the judicial system in El Salvador.

Download The Week Ahead: October 12, 2013  12-10-2013 (11.08 MB)

The Week Ahead: October 12, 2013

  • Adam talks about the recent troubles of Rio de Janeiro's Favela Pacification Program, the Venezuelan President's quest for decree powers, and politics in Argentina as President Cristina Fernández undergoes brain surgery.

Download The Week Ahead: October 5, 2013  05-10-2013 (10.09 MB)

The Week Ahead: October 5, 2013

  • Adam looks at new data about U.S.-Mexico border security and migration, the upcoming election in Honduras, and how Latin American media commentators are viewing the U.S. government shutdown.

Download The Week Ahead: September 27, 2013  27-09-2013 (8.99 MB)

The Week Ahead: September 27, 2013

  • Adam looks at Latin American leaders' statements at the UN General Assembly, and the current state of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group.

Download The Week Ahead: September 21, 2013  21-09-2013 (10.21 MB)

The Week Ahead: September 21, 2013

  • Adam looks at Brazil's aprubtly canceled state visit to Washington amid NSA spying revelations; Vice-President Biden's visit to Mexico City; and mild controversy over a new Millennium Challenge grant to El Salvador.

Download The Week Ahead: September 13, 2013  13-09-2013 (9.29 MB)

The Week Ahead: September 13, 2013

  • Adam looks at Chile on the 40th anniversary of its military coup, the maritime border dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua, and Venezuela's troubles with its electric power grid.

Download The Week Ahead: September 6, 2013  06-09-2013 (10.88 MB)

The Week Ahead: September 6, 2013

  • Adam looks at protests undercutting the popularity of Colombia's president; a crusading Colombian prosecutor's appointment to a UN anti-impunity office in Guatemala; and a survey of Latin American governments' views of intervention in Syria.

Download The Week Ahead: August 23, 2013  23-08-2013 (10.99 MB)

The Week Ahead: August 23, 2013

  • Adam looks at new laws giving militaries dramatically greater policing roles in Honduras and in Paraguay, and at Bolivia's intention to buy surface-to-air missiles and other equipment from Russia.

Download Militaries as Police: A conversation with Sarah Kinosian  23-08-2013 (13.34 MB)

Militaries as Police: A conversation with Sarah Kinosian

  • Militaries are getting involved in policing throughout Latin America. Adam talks to Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy, who wrote a series of posts to the Just the Facts blog documenting this trend in Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.

Download The Week Ahead: August 16, 2013  16-08-2013 (12.24 MB)

The Week Ahead: August 16, 2013

  • Adam looks at the Secretary of State's visit to Colombia and Brazil, the early release of a Mexican drug-trafficker who killed a U.S. agent, and some recent episodes pointing to worsening political polarization in Venezuela.

Download The Week Ahead: August 9, 2013  09-08-2013 (11.12 MB)

The Week Ahead: August 9, 2013

  • Adam looks at the Secretary of State's upcoming lightning-fast visit to Colombia and Brazil, new UN estimates of coca-growing in Bolivia and Colombia, and new violence amid struggling police reform in Honduras.

Download The Week Ahead: August 2, 2013  02-08-2013 (14.94 MB)

The Week Ahead: August 2, 2013

  • Adam looks at the foreign aid bill that's moving through Congress, the state of the gang truce in El Salvador, and Venezuela's latest effort to fight crime by sending soldiers into the streets.

Download The Week Ahead: July 26, 2013  26-07-2013 (13.7 MB)

The Week Ahead: July 26, 2013

  • Adam looks at the pope's visit to Brazil in the wake of mass protests, a new report on Colombia's conflict and the difficult effort to end it, and a wave of violence creating a dilemma for Mexico's president.

Download The Week Ahead: July 19, 2013  19-07-2013 (12.41 MB)

The Week Ahead: July 19, 2013

  • Adam looks at the capture of the Zetas' maximum leader in Mexico, regional fallout of the Snowden / NSA spying revelations, and the controversial campesino protests in Catatumbo, Colombia.

Download The Week Ahead: February 5, 2013  05-02-2013 (5.83 MB)

The Week Ahead: February 5, 2013

  • Adam looks at a rough patch in Colombia's peace talks, the aftermath of Brazil's tragic nightclub fire, and violence in Venezuela's prisons.

Download The Week Ahead: January 25, 2013  25-01-2013 (6.79 MB)

The Week Ahead: January 25, 2013

  • Adam looks at the CELAC-Europe summit in Chile, uncertainty about Hugo Chávez's health in Venezuela, and the Colombia government-FARC peace talks.

Download The Week Ahead: October 8, 2012  08-10-2012 (6.4 MB)

The Week Ahead: October 8, 2012

  • The results of Venezuela's elections are in. The U.S. Defense Department publishes a hemisphere policy statement. Pressure mounts to release Alberto Fujimori from prison. (Sound quality issues - recorded in a hotel room in Uruguay)

Download The Week Ahead: September 7, 2012  07-09-2012 (7.77 MB)

The Week Ahead: September 7, 2012

  • Peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC are now official. Mexico's presidential transition moves ahead, with only modest changes foreseen on security. Honduran media reports indicate friction over shootdowns of suspected drug planes.

Download The Week Ahead: August 31, 2012  31-08-2012 (7.83 MB)

The Week Ahead: August 31, 2012

  • Peace talks with the FARC guerrillas appear to be restarting in Colombia. In a strange incident, Mexican federal police fire on a car carrying CIA employees. 200 U.S. Marines are carrying out a counter-drug operation in Guatemala.

Download The Week Ahead: August 10, 2012  10-08-2012 (8.09 MB)

The Week Ahead: August 10, 2012

  • Adam looks at Brazil's "Operation Agata" border-security exercise, the capture and release of trafficker "Chepe Luna" in Honduras, and the capture of "Sebastián," the most prominent trafficker in Medellín, Colombia.

Download The 25th anniversary of the Esquipulas II accords: Bill Goodfellow on Central America's peace processes  08-08-2012 (14.15 MB)

The 25th anniversary of the Esquipulas II accords: Bill Goodfellow on Central America's peace processes

  • 25 years ago August 7, Central America's presidents signed an agreement that brought an eventual end to the country's civil wars. Adam talks to William Goodfellow, director of the Center for International Policy, who accompanied the Esquipulas process.

Download The Week Ahead: August 3, 2012  03-08-2012 (9.64 MB)

The Week Ahead: August 3, 2012

  • Adam looks at cocaine in the Andes (again), Venezuela and Mercosur, the State Department's latest terrorism report, and a new House resolution on Ecuador.

Download The Week Ahead: July 27, 2012  28-07-2012 (11.24 MB)

The Week Ahead: July 27, 2012

  • Adam looks at a troubling human rights decision in Peru, the pacification program in Rio de Janeiro, coca cultivation numbers in Colombia, and the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá.

Download The Week Ahead: July 20, 2012  21-07-2012 (12.64 MB)

The Week Ahead: July 20, 2012

  • Adam covers indigenous groups' confrontations with authorities and guerrillas in southwest Colombia, El Salvador's constitutional crisis, and the nomination of the next Southcom commander.

Download The Week Ahead: July 13, 2012  13-07-2012 (13.57 MB)

The Week Ahead: July 13, 2012

  • Adam talks about the new security strategy of Mexico's President-elect; recent violence in southwestern Colombia; DEA involvement in hostilities in Honduras; and U.S. campaign rhetoric on Venezuela.

Download The Week Ahead: Peru's New President, Press Freedom in Ecuador, U.S. Congress  30-07-2011 (7.72 MB)

The Week Ahead: Peru's New President, Press Freedom in Ecuador, U.S. Congress

  • Adam discusses challenges facing newly inaugurated President Ollanta Humala in Peru; Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's lawsuit against a newspaper; cuts in U.S. aid to Mexico and other ways that the U.S. Congress is affecting Latin America policy.

Download The Week Ahead: Free trade, drug reports, Hugo Chávez  30-06-2011 (10.38 MB)

The Week Ahead: Free trade, drug reports, Hugo Chávez

  • Adam goes over the Colombia and Panama free-trade agreements currently stalled in Congress, UN and U.S. findings about cocaine production, and increasing uncertainty in Venezuela about Hugo Chávez's health.

Download The Week Ahead: U.S. weapons in Mexico, Central America security conference, Bolivia coca  16-06-2011 (6.37 MB)

The Week Ahead: U.S. weapons in Mexico, Central America security conference, Bolivia coca

  • Adam looks at a new Senate report on U.S. weapons' illegal flow into violence-wracked Mexico, next week's citizen security conference of Central American governments and donor nations, and security and coca-growing developments in Bolivia.

Download "Consolidating Peace" in Colombia?: Presentation by Adam Isacson  14-06-2011 (8.81 MB)

"Consolidating Peace" in Colombia?: Presentation by Adam Isacson

  • Audio of Adam Isacson's presentation on efforts to "consolidate" security and governance in Colombia, given on June 13, 2011 at "Colombia 2020," a conference organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Download Trends in Latin American military spending: a conversation with SIPRI's Carina Solmirano  10-06-2011 (13.78 MB)

Trends in Latin American military spending: a conversation with SIPRI's Carina Solmirano

  • South America's military budgets rose 5.8% in 2010, faster than any other region, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's latest yearbook. Adam and Lucila Santos of WOLA talk with Carina Solmirano of SIPRI about her findings.

Download The Week Ahead: Ollanta Humala, OAS Citizen Security, Mexico violence  08-06-2011 (6.4 MB)

The Week Ahead: Ollanta Humala, OAS Citizen Security, Mexico violence

  • Adam reviews Ollanta Humala's first moves as Peru's president-elect, the OAS General Assembly and upcoming Central American summit focused on citizen security, and trends in Mexico's violent organized crime.

Download The Week Ahead: Peru elections, Colombia working group, Brazil forestry law  01-06-2011 (10.08 MB)

The Week Ahead: Peru elections, Colombia working group, Brazil forestry law

  • Adam looks at Peru's presidential vote, which is four days away; the "high level partnership dialogue" that has many Colombian diplomats visiting Washington; and a bill before Brazil's Congress that may make it easier to cut down the Amazon rainforest.

Download "Successes, Failures and Losses": Daniel Mejía on drug policy  27-05-2011 (5.44 MB)

"Successes, Failures and Losses": Daniel Mejía on drug policy

  • Adam talks with Daniel Mejía, an economist from Colombia's Universidad de los Andes, who just co-edited a book, "Éxitos, fracasos y extravíos," which thoroughly critiques, and proposes alternatives to, the U.S.-backed anti-drug policy in Colombia.

Download The Week Ahead: Zelaya's return, Colombia's Victims' Law, PDVSA Sanctions  26-05-2011 (8.38 MB)

The Week Ahead: Zelaya's return, Colombia's Victims' Law, PDVSA Sanctions

  • Adam looks at the Cartagena Accord allowing deposed President Manuel Zelaya to return to Honduras, the Victims and Land Restitution Law that passed Colombia's Senate, and the impact of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company.

Download The Week Ahead: Massacre in Guatemala, Peru elections, is Colombia in an armed conflict?  18-05-2011 (6.13 MB)

The Week Ahead: Massacre in Guatemala, Peru elections, is Colombia in an armed conflict?

  • Adam discusses what we know about an apparent Zetas massacre of 27 people in Guatemala's Petén, the campaign for Peru's June 5 presidential runoff, and an argument between President Juan Manuel Santos and former President Álvaro Uribe.

Download The Week Ahead: Changes at State Department, Ecuador Referendum, Mexico MarchThe Week Ahead: Changes at State Department, Ecuador Referendum, Mexico March  11-05-2011 (5.14 MB)

The Week Ahead: Changes at State Department, Ecuador Referendum, Mexico MarchThe Week Ahead: Changes at State Department, Ecuador Referendum, Mexico March

  • Adam discusses Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela's resignation, Ecuador's referendum results, and the anti-violence march in Mexico.

Download The Week: Colombia free trade "Action Plan," Walid Makled, violence in Mexico  21-04-2011 (6.27 MB)

The Week: Colombia free trade "Action Plan," Walid Makled, violence in Mexico

  • Adam gives an update on the Colombian FTA debate, the extradition of a Venezuelan narcotrafficker from Colombia to Venezuela, another mass grave in Mexico, Uruguay's amnesty law, and Peru's elections.

Download U.S. policy in Mexico: a conversation with Bruce Bagley  15-04-2011 (4.83 MB)

U.S. policy in Mexico: a conversation with Bruce Bagley

  • At a conference in Mexico sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Adam talks with Professor Bruce Bagley, chairman of the Department of International Studies at the University of Miami and a longtime expert on U.S. counterdrug policy in the Americas.

Download The week: Elections in Haiti, Colombia's luxury military prison, Mexico's army and public security  05-04-2011 (5.52 MB)

The week: Elections in Haiti, Colombia's luxury military prison, Mexico's army and public security

  • Adam looks at the preliminary result of Haiti's election, revelations of plush conditions for Colombian military human rights abusers, and a UN human rights body's recommendation that Mexico take the armed forces out of internal security.

Download The week: Elections in Peru and elsewhere, Mexico border, and more  29-03-2011 (6.72 MB)

The week: Elections in Peru and elsewhere, Mexico border, and more

  • In a cross-post with the new WOLA podcast, Adam looks at Peru's upcoming, and up-for-grabs elections; Washington's discussion of the Homeland Security and Pentagon role in Mexico border security; political violence in Colombia; and much else.

Download President Obama's Trip and the Week Ahead  22-03-2011 (8.7 MB)

President Obama's Trip and the Week Ahead

  • Adam reviews President Obama's stops, major policy speeches, and pending issues in Chile, Brazil and El Salvador. Plus, a look at elections in Haiti and Peru.

Download Organized crime in the Americas: Steven Dudley of insightcrime.org  04-03-2011 (11.42 MB)

Organized crime in the Americas: Steven Dudley of insightcrime.org

  • Adam talks to Steven Dudley, co-founder of the recently launched website insightcrime.org, about this new resource and organized crime and narcotrafficking trends in the region.

Download Antinarcotics Efforts in the Hemisphere  28-02-2011 (9.28 MB)

Antinarcotics Efforts in the Hemisphere

  • Recording of a presentation by WOLA's Adam Isacson, given at George Washington University's Elliott School on February 28. The handout referenced in the piece is available at http://www.justf.org/files/pubs/110228_handout_sm.pdf.

Download U.S. relations with Argentina  17-02-2011 (9.02 MB)

U.S. relations with Argentina

  • An incident surrounding the contents of a U.S. military plane has Washington's relations with Argentina in crisis. Adam discusses the episode, and its context, with Lucila Santos of WOLA.

Download The week ahead: February 14-18, 2011  15-02-2011 (6.98 MB)

The week ahead: February 14-18, 2011

  • The Obama administration's 2012 aid request to Latin America. Two hearings about U.S. policy toward the region in Congress this week. A bizarre episode highlights problems in U.S. relations with Argentina.

Download The week ahead: February 7-11, 2011  07-02-2011 (5.56 MB)

The week ahead: February 7-11, 2011

  • A guerrilla hostage release in Colombia. Upcoming battles over the foreign aid budget in Washington. Visits to the region from the Secretary of the Treasury and State's top counter-drug official.

Download The week ahead: January 31 - February 4, 2011  31-01-2011 (5.69 MB)

The week ahead: January 31 - February 4, 2011

  • A visit from Colombia's defense minister. Cutbacks to control of arms smuggled into Mexico. Brazil's president visits Argentina, but America's president doesn't.

Download Secretary Clinton's visit to Mexico  25-01-2011 (6.09 MB)

Secretary Clinton's visit to Mexico

  • Upon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's January 24-25 visit to Mexico, Adam talks to WOLA's Maureen Meyer about U.S. assistance, human rights, Mexico's struggle against drug-fueled violence, and the long leadup to the country's 2012 elections.

Download The week ahead: January 17-21, 2011  18-01-2011 (5.27 MB)

The week ahead: January 17-21, 2011

  • Adam talks about "Papa Doc's" unfortunate return to Haiti, the use of a Pinochet-era statute to put down protests in Chile, and emerging armed groups and free-trade ratification prospects in Colombia.

Download The U.S. fight to keep traditional coca use illegal  14-01-2011 (5.91 MB)

The U.S. fight to keep traditional coca use illegal

  • South American indigenous groups have chewed coca leaves for centuries. This traditional use violates the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which the United States is blocking Bolivia's effort to amend. Adam talks with WOLA's Coletta Youngers.

Download The week ahead: January 10-14, 2011  10-01-2011 (4.87 MB)

The week ahead: January 10-14, 2011

  • Adam looks at FARC activity in Colombia, drug-related violence in Mexico, and the question of Venezuela and the OAS Democratic Charter.

Download Report from the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas  25-11-2010 (6.47 MB)

Report from the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas

  • Reporting from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Adam gives an overview of what happened at the 9th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas.

Download The week ahead: November 8-12, 2010  15-11-2010 (6.29 MB)

The week ahead: November 8-12, 2010

  • Adam gives a quick overview of the lame-duck Congress, the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border dispute, an upcoming defense ministers' meeting in Bolivia, and public events in Washington this week.

Download Preach What You Practice: a new WOLA report on military roles, police roles, and U.S. aid  12-11-2010 (12.65 MB)

Preach What You Practice: a new WOLA report on military roles, police roles, and U.S. aid

  • U.S. law prohibits using soldiers as police, but U.S. aid programs encourage Latin American militaries to take on internal roles. WOLA's Regional Security Policy staff discuss this paradox, the topic of a report they will release around November 18.

Download The week ahead: November 8-12, 2010  08-11-2010 (3.86 MB)

The week ahead: November 8-12, 2010

  • In what we hope will be a regular weekly feature - as regular as we can make it - Adam looks at the likely new House leadership here in Washington, and the ongoing thaw in relations between Colombia and Venezuela.

Download Brazil's elections: Interview with Sam Logan  03-11-2010 (11.22 MB)

Brazil's elections: Interview with Sam Logan

  • Dilma Rouseff won a resounding victory in Brazil's October 31 presidential elections. What will be the impact on Brazil's foreign relations, relations with the United States, and regional security? Adam talks to Sam Logan of Southern Pulse.

Download Peru: Amnesty by decree? Interview with Jo-Marie Burt  08-09-2010 (10.68 MB)

Peru: Amnesty by decree? Interview with Jo-Marie Burt

  • Last week, Peruvian President Alán García issued decrees that could let notorious military human rights abusers get out of prison, while possibly closing hundreds of other human rights cases. Adam interviews Jo-Marie Burt of George Mason University.

Download Violence and reform in Mexico: A conversation with WOLA's Maureen Meyer  01-09-2010 (6.8 MB)

Violence and reform in Mexico: A conversation with WOLA's Maureen Meyer

  • Adam talks with Maureen Meyer, the Washington Office on Latin America's Associate for Mexico and Central America, about the worsening wave of violence in Mexico, and the U.S. and Mexican government's security and justice reforms.

Download The Colombia-Venezuela Crisis: the Options and the Timing  30-07-2010 (8.32 MB)

The Colombia-Venezuela Crisis: the Options and the Timing

  • Adam talks about Colombia's charges that Venezuela is helping the FARC guerrillas, the validity of Colombia's appeals to the OAS and UNASUR, and the reasons why Colombia may have brought its complaint now.

Download "Military Rule 2.0?": Civil-military relations in Mexico  22-07-2010 (3.1 MB)

"Military Rule 2.0?": Civil-military relations in Mexico

  • A recent article in the Boston Globe argues that Mexico is a case of creeping military rule, abetted by the United States. Adam explores that concern, as well as recent efforts to limit the Mexican armed forces' power.

Download The Week: Colombia violence, Mexico elections, Brazil campaign, Ecuador narco-sub, recent naval exercises  10-07-2010 (8.09 MB)

The Week: Colombia violence, Mexico elections, Brazil campaign, Ecuador narco-sub, recent naval exercises

  • Adam and Abigail review the week of July 3-9, focusing on massacres in Colombia, state elections in Mexico, Brazil's presidential race, a clandestine submarine in Ecuador, and recent U.S. naval exercises.

Download Organized crime and government in Guatemala: the crisis of the CICIG  11-06-2010 (7.16 MB)

Organized crime and government in Guatemala: the crisis of the CICIG

  • Adam talks with WOLA's Adriana Beltrán about the resignation of Carlos Castresana, head of the UN commission against impunity in Guatemala, and the international community's effort to help Guatemala rid itself of the influence of violent organized crime.

Download The Week: Colombia elections, OAS General Assembly, Clinton visit, Alan García visit  04-06-2010 (6.77 MB)

The Week: Colombia elections, OAS General Assembly, Clinton visit, Alan García visit

  • Adam and Abigail discuss Colombia's May 30 presidential vote; the upcoming OAS meeting in Peru; Secretary of State Clinton's planned visit to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Barbados; and Peruvian President Alán García's meeting with President Obama.

Download National Guard at the Mexico border: a conversation with WOLA's George Withers  28-05-2010 (4.43 MB)

National Guard at the Mexico border: a conversation with WOLA's George Withers

  • Adam talks with George Withers, senior fellow for regional security policy at the Washington Office on Latin America, about the risks of the Obama administration's proposal to deploy 1,200 new National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Download Drug Enforcement and the Rule of Law in Mexico and Colombia  19-05-2010 (4.41 MB)

Drug Enforcement and the Rule of Law in Mexico and Colombia

  • A Senate hearing on aid to Mexico and Colombia coincides with Mexican President Felipe Calderón's state visit to Washington. The hearing's discussion of the human rights impact of military programs was disappointing at best.

Download The Week: Calderón visit, Lula in Iran, CIDH on citizen security, Colombia Elections  15-05-2010 (3.64 MB)

The Week: Calderón visit, Lula in Iran, CIDH on citizen security, Colombia Elections

  • Abigail and Adam discuss the May 19-20 state visit of Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Brazilian President Lula's visit to Iran, a new Inter-American Human Rights Commission report on citizen security, and the tight race for Colombia's May 30 elections.

Download National Drug Control Strategy: A conversation with WOLA's John Walsh  11-05-2010 (4.44 MB)

National Drug Control Strategy: A conversation with WOLA's John Walsh

  • Adam talks with John Walsh, senior associate on the Washington Office on Latin America's Drug Policy Program, about the Obama administration's newly announced anti-drug strategy, made public on May 11.

Download The week: Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico, Official Visits  26-04-2010 (6.98 MB)

The week: Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico, Official Visits

  • Adam and Abigail discuss political unrest in Nicaragua, Colombia's election campaign, a bill to regulate military crimefighting in Mexico, and the recent visits of U.S. officials to the region.

Download Bolivia: A conversation with Kathryn Ledebur of the Andean Information Network  13-04-2010 (6.35 MB)

Bolivia: A conversation with Kathryn Ledebur of the Andean Information Network

  • Adam interviews Kathryn Ledebur of the Cochabamba, Bolivia-based Andean Information Network (www.ain-bolivia.org). Ms. Ledebur discusses Bolivia's recent local elections, civil-military relations, drug policy and the state of U.S.-Bolivian relations.

Download Assistant Secretary Valenzuela's visit to Ecuador, Colombia and Peru  02-04-2010 (6.06 MB)

Assistant Secretary Valenzuela's visit to Ecuador, Colombia and Peru

  • Adam gives an overview of issues that may come up as the Obama administration's top diplomat for Latin America travels to the Andes on April 4-11, 2010. Featuring commentary from Lisa Haugaard, director of the Latin America Working Group.

Download The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative  31-03-2010 (3.95 MB)

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative

  • Adam discusses the Obama administration's new security aid program for 15 Caribbean countries. For the 2011 Congressional Budget Justification document referred to here, go to http://www.state.gov/f/releases/iab/fy2011cbj/pdf/index.htm

Download Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia: Consultative Groups and Posture Statements  26-03-2010 (4.22 MB)

Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia: Consultative Groups and Posture Statements

  • Abigail and Adam discuss Secretary of State Clinton's visit to Mexico, rethinking the Mérida Initiative, Southcom testimony in Congress, and allegations of Venezuelan ties to Colombia's FARC.

Download Panel: So How's It Going? The Obama Administration  21-03-2010 (31.53 MB)

Panel: So How's It Going? The Obama Administration

  • A March 20 panel discussion at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days gathering, with Lisa Haugaard of the Latin America Working Group, Adam Isacson of the Center for International Policy, and Manuel Pérez Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Download The Week: Chile earthquake, Clinton visit, FARC-ETA in Venezuela, narcotics report, Guatemala police corruption  05-03-2010 (5.25 MB)

The Week: Chile earthquake, Clinton visit, FARC-ETA in Venezuela, narcotics report, Guatemala police corruption

  • Adam discusses Chile's use of the military in the earthquake's aftermath, highlights of Secretary Clinton's 6-country trip, charges of terrorist links to Venezuela, the annual State Department Narcotics Report, and narco-corruption in Guatemala's police.

Download Extradited Colombian Paramilitaries: "Truth Behind Bars"  02-03-2010 (5.63 MB)

Extradited Colombian Paramilitaries: "Truth Behind Bars"

  • Adam interviews Roxana Altholz of the U.C. Berkeley Law School Human Rights Clinic, author of a hard-hitting report on 30 Colombian paramilitary leaders' extradition to the United States, which has complicated efforts to win justice for their victims.

Download The Week: Cancún Summit, Venezuela, Colombia, Secretary Clinton's travel  27-02-2010 (6.82 MB)

The Week: Cancún Summit, Venezuela, Colombia, Secretary Clinton's travel

  • Abigail and Adam discuss the Cancún summit, human rights in Venezuela, reelection in Colombia, and Hillary Clinton's trip to the region next week

Download February 24, 2010: Recent Arms Transfers  24-02-2010 (7 MB)

February 24, 2010: Recent Arms Transfers

  • Adam reviews recent arms sales from Brazil, Europe Israel and the United States to several countries throughout the region.

Download February 19, 2010: The week  19-02-2010 (7.26 MB)

February 19, 2010: The week

  • Abigail and Adam discuss Colombia-Ecuador relations, arms sales to the FARC, the Haiti rebuilding cost, the Falklands dispute, press freedom, citizen security in Mexico, and upcoming congressional hearings.

Download February 16, 2010: Citizen Security in Medellín, Colombia  16-02-2010 (8.98 MB)

February 16, 2010: Citizen Security in Medellín, Colombia

  • Adam talks about Medellín's rising crime rate, the reasons why violence continues to fluctuate, and a controversial effort to negotiate a "non-aggression pact" between criminal gangs.

Download Just the Facts: February 12, 2010  12-02-2010 (10.3 MB)

Just the Facts: February 12, 2010

  • The week: Abigail and Adam discuss Costa Rica's elections, the Colombian defense minister's visit, re-election in Colombia, and the UNASUR summit.

Download Just the Facts: February 10, 2010  10-02-2010 (8.23 MB)

Just the Facts: February 10, 2010

  • Adam discusses civil-military relations stories in Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, El Salvador, Peru and Venezuela.

Download Just the Facts: February 5, 2010  05-02-2010 (5.66 MB)

Just the Facts: February 5, 2010

  • In our inaugural podcast, Adam discusses Colombia's re-election debate, after a Constitutional Court judge casts doubt on a referendum to allow President Álvaro Uribe to run for a third term.