Laying the groundwork for insurrection: A closer look at the U.S. role in Nicaragua’s social unrest By Benjamin Waddell / May 1, 2018For decades, the United States’ National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, has played a key role in shaping Nicaragua’s political arena. Today, NED grantees are at the forefront of the civil society groups supporting the current protests. Democracy & ElectionsDemocracies beware? Is China working to expand its influence in Latin America? By William Naylor / wm_naylor / December 7, 2017A new report from the National Endowment for Democracy draws attention to creeping Chinese soft power in Latin America at a pivotal time for the region.