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Violence and Insecurity in Latin America: New Survey Findings

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Though specific countries usually capture the headlines for their bloodiness—Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and often Colombia—security problems are widespread throughout Latin America. For the region which holds the unfortunate distinction of...

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Why the Summit of the Americas Matters

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The sixth Summit of the Americas on April 14-15 is part of an intense spring of bilateral and regional interactions in the hemisphere. It will bring together thirty-three heads of...

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Central America's Moment

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While Brazil and Mexico (in good and bad ways) tend to fill U.S. headlines regarding Latin America, other nations matter as well for the United States. Among them are the...

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Guest Post: Why Guatemala's Pérez Molina is Considering Legalizing Drugs

El Salvador Guatemala Guest Post: Why Guatemala's Pérez Molina is Considering Legalizing Drugs

This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. She received her BA...

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Guest Post: Ríos Montt Plays a Risky Defense Game

Guatemala Guest Post: Ríos Montt Plays a Risky Defense Game

This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. Without fanfare, or...

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2011 Trends in Latin America: Shifting Violence

Brazil Guatemala Mexico 2011 Trends in Latin America: Shifting Violence

Latin America has the ignominious distinction of being one of most violent regions in world. Though not known for its wars or even (at least violent) border disputes, homicide rates...

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Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial

General Guatemala Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial

This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. Last Thursday, former...

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Read of the Week: the Uphill Battle Against Money Laundering

Guatemala Latin America Mexico United States Read of the Week: the Uphill Battle Against Money Laundering

On Tuesday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a new report on global money laundering, “Estimating Illicit Financial Flows Resulting from Drug Trafficking and Other Transnational Organized...

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Reads of the Week: Debating COIN in Mexico and Dealing with Violence in Central America

Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Reads of the Week: Debating COIN in Mexico and Dealing with Violence in Central America

In the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s recent hearing, “Has Merida Evolved? Part One: The Evolution of Drug Cartels and the Threat to Mexico’s Governance,” Committee Chairman Connie Mack (R-Fla), among others, expressed his support for a U.S. counterinsurgency program (COIN) to fight Mexican drug traffickers. Calling the cartels “a well-funded criminal insurgency raging along our southern border,” Mack said the only way to win the drug war is through an “all U.S. agency” COIN approach, which would require greater U.S. military involvement.

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Reads of the Week: Mexico’s Drug War Deaths and Organized Crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle

El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Reads of the Week: Mexico’s Drug War Deaths and Organized Crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle

There has been much debate in Mexico about the number of drug-related killings since the start of drug war in 2006. The Mexican government provides an official database that puts...

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