WRH Volume 37 Issue 9

The Latest Washington Report on the Hemisphere is available.

In the latest issue, you will find the following analyses:

Guyana, Caution Oil by Kayla Whitlock

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, with a population of only 770,000, is a small English-speaking South American country bordering the northern Atlantic Ocean between Suriname and Venezuela. Guyana’s economy is heavily reliant on its rich natural resources, as exemplified by the fact that “in 2015 agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining industries accounted for 28 percent of its total GDP, and bauxite, sugar, rice, gold and timber made up 83 percent of exports”, thus making agriculture and mining the country’s largest source of jobs, according to the World Bank.  Despite these rich reserves, Guyana is a country saturated in deep poverty, lacking the ability to attract investors to bolster its economy…

Combatting Coca Cultivation in Colombia by Emma Pachon

On May 11, 2017, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, inaugurated the first part of his Comprehensive Rural Reform plan, which will aim at replacing in its first year, 50,000 hectares of illegal coca crops with alternative cash crops, such as coffee, in 13 departments, and benefitting 83,000 families. Such a plan comes in the context of a boom in Colombia’s areas of cocaine cultivation, which have increased since the peace negotiations with the FARC were initiated on November 19, 2012…

The Damaging Effects of Costa Rican False Rising Crime Narrative on Nicaraguan Immigrants by Alexander Rawley

Costa Rica, which borders both Nicaragua and Panama, has often been thought of as an anomaly within Central America. The country has been referred to as “the Switzerland of Central America” with experts often using phrases such as “with the exception of Costa Rica” when uttering generalizations about the region. Indeed, Costa Rica has experienced higher levels of social and economic development than other Central American countries…

Country Brief: Flooding Disrupts Life for Jamaicans by Sharri K Hall

On Tuesday, May 16, Jamaicans living in 11 of the island’s 14 parishes woke to overturned cars and trucks. Beginning on May 15, in the timespan of 72 hours, a month’s worth of rain fell as streets turned into rivers. This devastating flooding occurred only weeks before the Atlantic hurricane season was to begin on June 1st


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