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Latin America

When the Push Outweighs the Pull: The Root Causes of Immigration from the Northern Triangle

The demographics of US-bound migrants are rapidly changing as the influx of single, Mexican adult males from the early 21st century is being replaced by a rise in children, mainly of Central American nationality. The causes of these trends are not surprising as parents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America are continuing to send their unaccompanied children on the treacherous thousand-mile-plus journey to escape conditions endemic to their homelands. As these migration rates will likely only rise in the years to come, it is crucial that the United States re-evaluate its immigration policy to directly address the push factors that are the root causes of the recent growth in emigration rates from the region.

Reimagining the Value of Indigenous Education

Expanding the implementation of bilingual intercultural education (BIE) in Latin America can boost educational access for indigenous peoples and play a role in reducing poverty in the region.

Responsibility to Protect: The Case for a Global Park System

It’s 2030 and states have failed as stewards of Earth. We must take seriously our responsibility to protect this planet and its natural wonders by establishing a global park system.

Choosing a Captain in the Storm

As Organization of American States members prepare to select the institution’s general secretary, they need to consider the role that the leader will play in protecting democracy in the Americas.

Monitoring the U.S. Election for Democracy in the Americas

As the United States enters the 2020 election season, politicians on both sides of the aisle should consider inviting election monitors to observe the election. Doing so would allow the United States to more effectively achieve its objectives in the Americas.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro speaking at Florida International University about the future of democracy in the Americas

The Precedent of Inaction

Reporting of Bolivian Election results stopped suddenly sparking protests that eventually led to the ouster of President Evo Morales. However, this crisis may have been averted had the Organization of American States set the precedent of preventing the erosion of democracy.

Tariffs Won’t Stop Chinese Influence in Latin America

Sen. Rick Scott claims that tariffs on China can combat rising Chinese influence in Latin America but this would only serve to increase Chinese influence in the Americas.

Echoes of Monroe: The Need for Soft Power in the Caribbean

As China’s influence in the Caribbean grows, the United States will need to use soft power to build on its relationship with the region and to compete with Chinese engagement.

The US-Mexico Divide – One Man’s Journey to Change the Conversation

YPFP Fellow Elizabeth Brandeberry spoke with USMC veteran and former Customs and Border Patrol Exec. Director for Policy David Danelo about his book, The Border.

We’re in the Endgame Now

Climate change affects more than the environment, often forcing internal displacement and migration. Latin America in particular faces challenges that require a focused policy response.

Should the Caribbean Replicate Latin America’s Migration Policies?

Venezuelan migration continues to flow throughout the region and must be addressed by the hemisphere, but Caribbean policies toward these migrants aren't currently up to the task.

The Forced Migration Of The Venezuelans: A Humanitarian Disaster

Oil price volatility transfers to social and political volatility in states which rely on hydrocarbons to power their economy. Venezuela is a cautionary tale of how wrong this can go.