Americas Program

A leading source of ideas defining the future of national security, analyzing geopolitical trends, and addressing key political, economic, and social challenges facing the region

The Program was established with the clear, forward-looking mission to elevate the policy discussion on the Western Hemisphere. The program aims to influence through timely, practical, and insightful analysis and policy recommendations for partners in the United States and the region.

The Americas Program focuses on six thematic priorities:

  • Regional security, particularly in Mexico, the Northern Triangle, Colombia, and the impact of the Venezuelan crisis on the region.
  • The long-term impact of China’s rise and great-power rivalry in the Americas.
  • Democratic backsliding and the rise of autocracies.
  • The resurgence of transnational criminal organizations, growing illicit economies, and the existence of criminal regimes.
  • Weak rule of law, endemic corruption, and human rights violations.
  • The emergence of significant regional powers, such as Brazil, in an increasingly multipolar world.

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Featured Analysis

Photo: ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images

Prosperity Must Be a Cornerstone of Fostering Honduran Democracy

CSIS Americas director Ryan C. Berg responds to criticisms of the Zones for Employment and Economic Development in Honduras, and argues they represent an important mechanism for economic growth and nearshoring.

Commentary by Ryan C. Berg — January 26, 2023

Featured Event

Video On Demand

Mining, Climate Risks, and the Western Hemisphere

Presented by Americas Program
January 25, 2023 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EST