security policy

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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Cali, Colombia to Expand Gang Reintegration Program in 2017

Local officials in Cali, Colombia are planning to expand a recently instituted gang reintegration program, raising questions about what type of long-term impact such an initiative could have on the city’s security situation…

This article was co-authored with Alistair Thompson. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Mexico’s War on Crime: A Decade of (Militarized) Failure

This week marks ten years since Mexico‘s government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country’s criminal organizations, but while many criminal leaders have been captured or killed, a decade of confrontation has failed to substantially improve the nation’s security situation…

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Two Candidates, Six Issues, and a Region Ignored

Aside from near constant talk of building “a wall” along the Mexican border and sporadic mention of Mexico‘s heroin distribution networks, candidates for the US presidency have paid little attention to how they would deal with organized crime and security issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, so InSight Crime scanned their records and their statements to try to get a better idea…

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Report Describes Shifting Patterns of Violence in El Salvador

A new report describes recent shifts in the characteristics of violence in El Salvador, and it offers recommendations for how to deal with these developments, focusing particularly on the need to tailor violence reduction and prevention strategies to specific local conditions…

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Northern Triangle Policing Pact Limits Focus to Gangs

The three countries of Central America’s “Northern Triangle” have agreed to cooperate on fighting the regional threat posed by gangs, but it remains to be seen whether this cooperation will extend to combating other types of organized crime…

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