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Laura Carlsen

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Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen is a political analyst and director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy. She is based in Mexico City.


News and Features

Finally, after years of persistent effort by courageous women activists, one of the world’s most brutal dictators has been indicted.

Tens of thousands marched to Mexico City on May 8 to protest the rising death toll and demand a new “citizens’ pact.”

The problem with the drug war in Mexico is not that it's unfunded. It's unwinnable.

The Honduran elections were far from free, fair or peaceful, and the country now faces a deeper political crisis than before voters went to the polls.


The vice president is promoting a 2016 budget that deepens the drug-war and free-trade agendas that contributed to the crisis.
The murder of students in Guerrero is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico...
US officials claim the capture of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a major drug war victory. They...
There are two tests of social change movements: endurance and regeneration. After two decades, Mexico's Zapatista movement can now say...