Foreign Affairs

Political Manipulation Could Taint Selection of Guatemala’s Next Attorney General

A process to select members of a commission that will help choose Guatemala’s next attorney general is about to begin. But recent reports and past history suggest powerful elites have already been maneuvering to shape the commission’s composition and recommendations in an effort to thwart a years-long anti-graft drive by the top prosecutor’s office…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel, with assistance from Josefina Salomón. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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GameChangers 2017: Government and Gangs Battle for Brazil

A new war between Brazil’s two biggest crime groups has contributed to escalating violence across the country, which authorities are struggling to contain due to flawed crime control policies as well as ongoing political and economic uncertainty…

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GameChangers 2017: Trump Stumbles on Latin America Security

President Donald Trump’s approach to US security policy in Latin America has flailed during his first year in office, with his administration alienating key international allies, backing flawed anti-crime strategies throughout the region, and pursuing counterproductive domestic policies…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Weekly InSight: Security Outlook for Honduras Election Crisis

In our December 7 Facebook Live session, independent journalist Sarah Kinosian spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about the ongoing election crisis in Honduras and its likely impacts on crime and security…

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Gang Members, Guards Accused in Guatemala Prison Director’s Murder

Authorities in Guatemala have accused several prison guards of conspiring with alleged gang members to murder a prison director, a reminder of how widespread corruption in the penitentiary system fuels violence and criminal control…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Takedown in Paraguay Highlights Struggle Against Aerial Trafficking

An international operation led to the disruption of an alleged trafficking network that authorities say managed drug flights from Paraguay to other South American countries, underscoring continuing difficulties in combating aerial trafficking…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.