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Can Governments Deter Violence Committed by Crime Groups?

For decades, governments throughout Latin America have responded to violent criminal groups with militarized campaigns aimed — in many cases futilely — at dismantling or destroying them. These crackdowns often exacerbate violence, but there may be a better way to handle the problem…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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Weekly InSight: Why Latin America Is the Most Violent Region on Earth

In our March 8 Facebook Live session, Co-Director Steven Dudley and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the factors that drive Latin America’s persistently high homicide rates…

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Brazil Lacks Coherent Plan to Deal With ‘National Emergency’ of Insecurity

Brazil’s president has described a deepening, nationwide crisis of insecurity as a “national emergency.” But contrary to official rhetoric, the government does not appear to have a coherent plan to address the main drivers of violence and crime…

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

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…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

International Report Links Rising LatAm Drug Abuse to Violence

The latest report by the International Narcotics Control Board illustrates the region-wide correlation between developments in drug trafficking, drug use and criminal violence in Latin America…

This piece was co-written with James Bargent. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Argentina Struggles with How to Respond to Increased Drug-Related Violence

Argentina, a country not commonly associated with the “drug war” in the same way as countries like Mexico or Colombia, is increasingly experiencing violence and corruption linked to drug trafficking. As with other countries, this crime and violence is not just the work of feuding criminal organizations, but also security forces that have been implicated in drug running, extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances. Although U.S.-Argentina relations have been rocky recently, this uptick in violence has provided an impetus for law enforcement cooperation between the two countries…

Read this piece in its entirety at Security Assistance Monitor.

Central American migration: “push” vs. “pull” factors

At the 27 June 2014 Central American Integration System (SICA) meeting, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera described the flight of emigrants and refugees (especially unaccompanied children) from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as “one of the greatest tragedies of our region…”

Read this piece in its entirety at Southern Pulse.