Coletta A. Youngers is the Latin America Regional Associate with the International Drug Policy Consortium and a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America. She is an analyst of international drug policy, human rights and political developments in the Andean Region of South America and of U.S. foreign policy toward the Andes.
Drug policy reforms in Latin America will come from below.
In an attempt to improve the security of its citizens.
Momentum is building for drug law reform in Latin America.
As a result of the Cartagena summit, a meaningful debate on developing and implementing humane drug-control policies is finally underway.
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has emerged as the region's leading advocate for drug policy reform.
With a slim majority in Congress and a still-strong conservative opposition, Ollanta Humala may well find it difficult to implement even his moderate program of change.
Ollanta Humala's victory over Keiko Fujimori represents the triumph of hope over fear.
First, Ollanta Humala needs to calm the roiled political waters of Peru.
United States fears losing Peru to camp of Venezuela, Bolivia, et al; backs Fujimori for president.
Many support Ollanta Humala to prevent the return, in the form of his daughter, of former President Alberto Fujimori's human rights abuses.
Peru's upcoming presidential elections is as intriguing as the United States in 2012 is not.
If elected president of Peru, will Keiko Fujimori carry on in her father Alberto's corrupt, authoritarian tradition?
Prior to Sunday's election, over 50% of the people of Peru claimed they would vote for neither Ollanta Humala nor Keiko Fujimori.
Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori will face each other in a second-round vote on June 5.
Eleven percent of the electorate is still undecided.
Except for populist Ollanta Humala, Peru's presidential candidates leave the public cold.
President Obama has squandered the good will he fostered with Latin America at the 2009 Summit of the Americas.
Washington hues to 50-year-old convention for abolishing a centuries-old indigenous practice.
Its symbolic importance to Latin America cannot be under-estimated.
Key Peruvian ally in U.S. "war on drugs" sentencing to 20 years in prison for running guns to Colombia's FARC upheld.