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Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

US aid to Colombia has declined considerably since 2008. Counternarcotics and counterinsurgency activities, in which Washington has been heavily involved since Plan Colombia's inception in 2000, have been steadily "Colombianized." Now, Colombia is...

Colombia’s Mirror: War and Drug Trafficking in the Prison System

Colombia's prisons are a reflection of the multiple conflicts that have plagued the country for the last half-century. Paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug trafficking groups have vied for control of the jails where they can continue to manage their...
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InSight Crime’s 2019 Homicide Round-Up

Unrest gripped much of Latin America and the Caribbean throughout 2019. From record violence in Mexico that recalled the darkest days of the drug war,...

Colombia Elites and Organized Crime: ‘Don Berna’

By the end of 1993, Pablo Escobar was cornered. The cocaine king -- known as "El Patrón" -- was running out of money and options. His top assassins were either dead or had turned themselves in. Almost all of the senior members of the Medellín...

Unregulated Private Security Firms Fuel LatAm Crime, Violence: Report

A new report says that a lack of regulation of private security companies in Latin America is having negative impacts on security and at times facilitates criminal activities, underscoring how the region's booming private security industry can...
A more balanced security approach may help El Salvador reduce violence

How to Solve El Salvador’s Security Crisis? A Modest Proposal

El Salvador is the most violent peacetime nation in the world, seemingly stuck in a perpetual cycle of gang hostilities and truculent police behavior. A new security approach could quell inflamed tensions, and just might lower the country's elevated...
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Assessing El Salvador’s Gangs in a Post-Truce Context

Violence in El Salvador has skyrocketed during 2015. Although it is unclear to just what extent they are responsible for the bloodshed, an undeniable driver of this violence has been the country's two main street gangs: the MS13 and Barrio 18. This...

Trafficking Firearms in Honduras

The weapons trade within Honduras is difficult to monitor. This is largely because the military, the country's sole importer, and the Armory, the sole salesmen of weapons, do not release information to the public. The lack of transparency extends to...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

Guatemala is Central America’s most populous country and its largest economy. But an intransigent elite, an ambitious military and a weak state has opened the way for organized crime to flourish, especially since the return of...

The US Shouldn’t Export Colombia’s Drug War ‘Success’

The US is paying Colombia to train security forces in Central America, without tracking whether this is doing good or causing harm. It's time for authorities to start asking hard questions about what lessons Colombia's military is exporting...
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The Prison Dilemma: Latin America’s Incubators of Organized Crime

The prison system in Latin America and the Caribbean has become a prime incubator for organized crime. This overview -- the first of six reports on prison systems that we produced after a year-long investigation -- traces the origins and maps the...
Henry Ramos Allup, Speaker of Venezuela's National Assembly

Amid Crisis, Venezuela’s National Assembly Proposes Security Reforms

Given what Venezuela's opposition has proposed so far, there are certainly some significant disagreements with the Chavistas over how to best approach security policy. Still, this is one area where the two sides would do well to collaborate....