Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen  is director of the Americas Policy Program in Mexico City, where she has been an analyst and writer for two decades. She is also a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist. Email: (lcarlsen(at)ciponline.org)

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It should come as a relief to know that the number of migrants today is neither unprecedented nor unmanageable, that there is no basis for considering desperate families a security threat, and that this wave of migration is mostly not, in legal terms, illegal—it's asylum seekers immediately reporting to authorities for processing. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, June 07, 2019
Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Are About White Nationalism, Not Trade
Donald Trump has once again torpedoed the U.S. relationship with Mexico—its third-largest trade partner, closest neighbor and, actually, an ally—by announcing his decision to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods if Mexico doesn't stop Central American migrants and refugees from reaching...
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Saturday, April 13, 2019
'It Is Not Enough to Simply Oppose US Military Intervention': A Response to WOLA on Venezuela
The following open letter is a response to a letter from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) dated March 8, and published on Common Dreams here . That letter from WOLA was a response to an initial open letter by 124 academics and scholars posted March 5, also on Common Dreams, and...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
An Open Letter to the United States: Stop Interfering in Venezuela's Internal Politics
The following open letter—signed by 70 scholars on Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts—was issued on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela. The United States...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Organization of American States Shouldn’t Be Run by Regime Change Enthusiasts
With a Venezuelan opposition leader declaring himself the country’s president and the Trump administration appearing to back a coup, Venezuela is lurching toward a new phase of crisis. And that crisis could be worsened by hardline leadership at the Organization of American States (OAS), the world’s...
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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning
“They’re diverting the rivers that water our food crops into mining, hydroelectric plants and mono-cropping. They break up our communities, and stealing our happiness, because when we work with Mother Earth and with our plants, that connection makes us happy, but they come in with their plans and...
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Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Who Gains from Colombia’s Vote for Permanent War?
In early October, the Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2 percent of 37 percent of the eligible population voted no. In the referendum held on October 2, the majority of voters decided to scuttle the agreement between the government and FARC rebels, which had been reached after...
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Plan Colombia, Permanent War, and the NO Vote
The Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2% of 37% of the eligible population voted no. In the referendum held Oct. 2, the majority of voters decided to scuttle four years of peace talks dedicated to ending 52 years of bloodshed. The vote came just days after the celebratory...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Both Parties Are Playing the Mexico Card
Surprisingly, Mexico has taken center stage in this year’s U.S. presidential elections. While it has been cast mainly as the villain, the unexpected spotlight has sent politicians and activists on both sides of the border seeking to get their message out. If they’ve learned anything from the Trump...
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Friday, August 07, 2015
For Journalists in Mexico, Hunted Down for Speaking Out
Earlier this summer, Ruben Espinosa fled Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz after receiving death threats. His work as a photojournalist there had made him an enemy of the state’s governor, who presides over one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a reporter. On July 31, Espinosa was...
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Thursday, July 09, 2015
Expect the Barometer to Rise in Mexico
After the polls closed in Mexico on June 7, embattled President Enrique Peña Nieto stepped up to claim a victory that he didn’t win. “In Mexico, democracy advances,” he declared triumphantly in a polished television address. He announced that the Mexican people had expressed their will through...
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