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Current security situation & ideological orientation

The adjacent map shows the approximate current security situation of the countries in Latin America. Roll the mouse over the map to show the current government's ideological orientation (executive branch). These assessments are generally reliable but not definitive, and may be subject to revision. To compare the current situation to previous years, see the Political trends page. To see background information for individual countries, just click on the appropriate portion of the map, or on the appropriate flag in the left column of the table below.

Flag Country President Term Current situation Recent events (blog links)
Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Nov. 2007 - 2011 TENSIONS Argentines protest farm tax hike (June 2008)
Kirchner faces corrpution probe (Dec. 2008)
Bolivia Evo Morales Jan 2006 - 2010 WIDESPREAD TURMOIL Vote for autonomy in Bolivia (June 2008)
Secessionism in Bolivia (Sept. 2008)
U.S.-Bolivian relations worsen (Nov. 2008)
Brazil Luiz Inacio da Silva Jan. 2003 - 2010 LOCALIZED TURMOIL Will Brazil join OPEC?? (Sept. 2008)
Brazil basks in global attention (Dec. 2008)
Chile Michelle Bachelet Mar. 2006 - 2012 STABLE Renewed Peru-Chile tensions (Jan. 2008)
Colombia Alvaro Uribe Aug. 2006 - 2010 CIVIL WAR Colombia's civil war spills over (Mar. 2008)
FARC leader is dead: what now? (June 2008)
Hostage rescue in Colombia (July 2008)
Betancourt returns to Colombia (Dec. 2008)
Costa Rica Oscar Arias May 2006 - 2010STABLE Costa Rica-Venezuela dispute (Feb. 2007)
Costa Rica approves CAFTA (Oct. 2007)
Cuba  baseball Raul Castro Jan. 2008 - ??? TENSIONS Fidel Castro is gravely ill (Aug. 2006)
Fidel Castro ends his dictatorship (Feb. 2008)
Leonel Fernandez Aug. 2004 - 2012 (re) LOCALIZED TURMOIL Dominican Republic election (May 2008)
Ecuador Rafael Correa Jan. 2007 - 2012 LOCALIZED TURMOIL Colombia's civil war spills over (Mar. 2008)
U.S. plans to leave Ecuador (Sept. 2008)
New constitution for Ecuador (Sept. 2008)
Ecuador defaults on debt (Dec. 2008)
El Salvador Mauricio Funes June 2009 - 2014 TENSIONS
Prison bloodbath in El Salvador (Jan. 2007)
Guatemala Alvaro Colom Jan. 2008 - 2012 LOCALIZED TURMOIL Hit job at Guatemalan prison (Feb. 2007)
Colom wins in Guatemala (Nov. 2007)
Haiti Rene Preval May 2006 - 2010? WIDESPREAD TURMOIL Preval declared winner in Haiti (Feb. 2006)
Inauguration Day in Haiti (May 2006)
Honduras Manuel Zelaya Jan. 2006 - 2010 TENSIONS Inauguration Day in Honduras (Jan. 2006)
Nicaragua-Honduras dispute (Mar. 2007)
Mexico  baseball Felipe Calderon Dec. 2006 - 2012 LOCALIZED TURMOIL Mexican army heads to Tijuana (Jan. 2007)
Mexico's drug war escalates (May 2007)
Rebels bomb pipeline in Mexico (July 2007)
Mexicans protest violence (Sept. 2008)
Nicaragua  baseball Daniel Ortega Jan. 2007 - 2012 TENSIONS Nicaragua-Honduras dispute (Mar. 2007)
Baseball diplomacy: Nicaragua (Nov. 2008)
Panama Martin Torrijos Sept. 2004 - 2009 TENSIONS Panama - U.S. free trade (July 2007)
Paraguay Fernando Lugo Aug. 2008 - 2013 LOCALIZED TURMOIL Opposition wins in Paraguay (Apr. 2008)
Inauguration in Paraguay (Aug. 2008)
Peru flag Peru Alan Garcia July 2006 - 2011 LOCALIZED TURMOIL Renewed Peru-Chile tensions (Jan. 2008)
Montesinos exculpates Fujimori (July 2008)
Violent protests in Peru (Nov. 2008)
Peru-China free trade pact (Nov. 2008)
Peru hosts APEC summit (Nov. 2008)
Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez Mar. 2005 - 2010 TENSIONS Argentina - Uruguay tensions ease (Mar. 2006)
Abortion issue divides Uruguay (Nov. 2008)
Venezuela  baseball Hugo Chavez 1999 - ??? LOCALIZED TURMOIL Exxon vs. Chavez vs. Bush (Feb. 2008)
Chavez helps to arm rebels (May 2008)
Venezuela's links to Hezbollah (June 2008)
Russian navy visits Venezuela (Dec. 2008)