Guatemala

  • The End of Corruption Culture in Latin America?

    Accountability in the region creates space for safer investments

    Odebrecht was once synonymous with Latin America’s most ambitious public works projects. Today, those who hear the name think only of the web of malfeasance that has engulfed the region and continues to extend beyond the continent. But, as negative as these new revelations may seem, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and opportunities along the way. The pragmatic efforts of police and judicial actors show that some countries in the region are ready to face impunity head on. If Latin America can continue down the road to accountability, US investors could be the first to benefit.

    What started as a money laundering investigation in Brazil in 2014, the case of Odebrecht, Brazil’s largest construction company, has today developed into the deepest corruption scandal Latin America has seen, with top leaders implicated. Just this week, major newspapers
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  • Marczak Quoted by CNHI on Security in Guatemala


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  • Marczak on Guatemala's New President

    The Wall Street Journal quotes Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak on Guatemala's new president and the implications of the recently approved US aid package for Guatemala:

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  • Guatemala’s New President Faces His Biggest Challenge: Governing

    Jimmy Morales, a former comedian, has won a landslide election victory to become the next President of Guatemala. That was the easy part. Now comes the hard part: governing.

    Morales won twice the number of votes than his opponent, former First Lady Sandra Torres, in a runoff election on Oct. 25. He will take office on Jan. 14, 2016.

    Morales campaigned on a promise to fight corruption after former President Otto Pérez Molina resigned and was arrested on graft charges in September.

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  • Munoz on Guatemala's Upcoming Presidential Election

    Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Program Assistant Carmen Muñoz joins CCTV America to discuss the Guatemalan election amidst upheaval and protests: 

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  • Instability in Guatemala Has National Security Implications for the United States

    Atlantic Council analysts predict period of uncertainty after President’s surprise resignation

    Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina’s surprise resignation on September 3 in the face of corruption allegations will likely plunge the Central American nation into a period of further political as well as economic uncertainty with direct implications for US national security, said the Atlantic Council’s Jason Marczak.

    Pérez Molina resigned a day after the Guatemalan Congress stripped him of his immunity from prosecution. Hours later he was sent to jail to await the conclusion of hearings into accusations that he had masterminded a scheme to defraud Guatemala’s customs service of millions of dollars. Pérez Molina has denied the allegations.

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