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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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Will Corruption Charges Against Brazil President Stick?

The president of Brazil, Michel Temer, has been charged in connection with an expansive anti-corruption investigation, raising questions about whether congressional agendas could serve as roadblocks to his prosecution…

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

Corruption Is the ‘Operating System’ in Honduras: Report

A new report suggests that corruption in Honduras is not simply the product of malfeasance by individual actors, but rather comprises an institutionalized system that serves to benefit a tight circle of elites, mirroring other corrupt systems that have been uncovered in Latin America…

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

How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, which have compounded longstanding problems related to organized crime…

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What the DEA Can Learn from the Honduras Debacle

A new US government report documents a series of missteps related to several deadly anti-drug actions in 2012 involving US law enforcement in Honduras, a strong reminder of the need to have a clear mandate, avoid improvisation and make room for oversight…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime