Foreign Affairs

Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Gang Truce on Trial

In our August 17 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about a trial related to El Salvador‘s controversial gang truce that has spotlighted close ties between gangs and politics in the Central American country…

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Weekly InSight: Drugs and Security, Latin America’s Lessons for the World

In our August 3 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown about the lessons Latin America has learned in its decades-long fight against drug-related violence, and how those lessons fit into the global context…

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Brazil Military Deployment in Rio Shows Past Failures of Militarization

Brazil’s defense minister has announced a new phase of security operations in Rio de Janeiro that will involve a massive military deployment, a strategy often used throughout Latin America that has repeatedly failed to produce long-term improvements…

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

Son of Captured Sinaloa Cartel Leader Surrenders to US

One of the leaders of Mexico‘s Sinaloa Cartel has turned himself in to US authorities in what could be the latest sign of fragmentation in the group’s upper echelons, a trend that has become increasingly evident since the extradition of legendary kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán earlier this year…

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

DEA Agents Posed as FARC to Net International Arms Trafficker

A man from the Ivory Coast has pleaded guilty in a US court to offering support to undercover DEA agents posing as members of Colombia‘s FARC guerrilla group, raising questions about the handling of similar operations in the future in light of the FARC‘s ongoing demobilization…

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Weekly InSight: Uruguay’s Historic Marijuana Legalization Experiment

In our July 20 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa and Geoff Ramsey, a research and communications associate at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), discussed Uruguay‘s experience establishing a legal and regulated marijuana market, as well as the implications of this for organized crime and future discussions about drug policy…

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Weekly InSight: Can Hip Hop Help Stop Gang Violence in Latin America?

In our July 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa and independent journalist Angelika Albaladejo talked about her recent investigation of hip hop violence prevention programs throughout Latin America and the challenges they face in terms of implementation…

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