Topic: Central America
Former Gen. Otto Perez Molina, who will be inaugurated as Guatemala's president today, plans to push for renewed US military aid, raising concerns among critics of his legacy from Guatemala's civil war.
Taiwan courts continued recognition as an independent country from select Latin American nations, while Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tries to bolster ties to regional allies.
In this special section, we look at the year’s biggest stories, and seven staff correspondents reflect on events in hot spots from Latin America to the Libyan front.
12/31/2011 12:24 pm
Seven Monitor correspondents reflect on the world's hot spots. In this installment, Sara Miller Llana says Latin America has economically boomed this year as the US and Europe struggle.
12/30/2011 06:04 pm
Because of worsening security, the Peace Corps is suspending operations in Honduras and freezing new applicants in Guatemala and El Salvador. It could be a long time before they return.
12/23/2011 11:14 am
Americans are more apt to donate to a charity, volunteer, or help a stranger than residents of 152 other countries.
12/21/2011 11:02 am
Latin America Monitor Back to the future in Latin America? Sandinistas, generals, and Manuel Noriega
Back in Panama to serve more prison time, ex-dictator Manuel Noriega might be surprised how little the regional neighborhood has changed, writes guest blogger Mike Allison.
12/12/2011 08:51 am
As the former dictator Manuel Noriega returns to Panama, residents are wondering what sorts of information he could share about the past.
12/11/2011 09:53 am
Latin America Monitor Despite rise of Mexican cartels, Colombian traffickers still strong in Central America
Although much has been made of Mexican cartels' spread into Central America, they have not supplanted Colombia-based drug traffickers, who are still highly active in the region.
12/09/2011 09:45 am
Measuring success in Afghanistan on Afghans' ability to fight their own conflicts may appeal, but a 'Plan Afghanistan' would still be far more costly – and less successful – than Colombia's, argues blogger James Bosworth.
11/28/2011 10:21 am