Central America News
Latin American Program in the News: OAS Secretary General Participates in Presentation of UNDP Report on Citizen Security
Nov 14, 2013
LAP Director Cyndi Arnson participated in a presentation of a UNDP report on citizen security. She commented on the strength of government institutions in Latin America and the need for judicial reform.
Nov 14, 2013
Prashanth Perumal of Mint reviews recent publication, "Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century", a collection of papers edited by Cynthia Arnson and Carlos de la Torre. He says the publication offers not just a well-rounded survey of the nature and dynamics of political populism in Latin America, but also the ideological undercurrents at work.
Nov 14, 2013
Wilson Center scholar Lucía Dammert authors an opinion piece for Informe Regional de Desarrollo Humano about the criminal phenomenon in Latin America, and how the daily lives of Latin Americans are impacted by ineffectual government and a rising crime rate. She discusses the need for political change in order to achieve citizen security in the region. This article is in Spanish.
Latin American Program in the News: Blackwell, OEA: "no es aceptable que un marero utilice tecnología desde los penales"
Oct 31, 2013
Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States, discusses ideas presented by him and other speakers at the Latin American Program's event "What Happens When Governments Negotiate with Criminal Networks? Case Studies from the Americas." This article is in Spanish.
Oct 09, 2013
In an interview with Plaza Pública (Guatemala) Juan Carlos Garzón, a Wilson Center visiting scholar, discusses the current debate on drugs and narcotrafficking. He discusses the shifting conversation on 'the war on drugs' and changing views in the United States and across Latin America about drugs and drug policy. This article is in Spanish.
Oct 01, 2013
This article discusses a recent forum held by the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (CCIAP) on the challenges and future prospects of citizen security in the region. Wilson Center Visiting Expert, Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara, whose expertise is in security and organized crime, presented on the subject of “Citizen Security: Challenges Ahead”. This article is in Spanish.
Latin American Program in the News: Secretario General de la OEA participó en mesa redonda sobre los nuevos enfoques en la política de drogas organizada por Misión de Uruguay
Sep 17, 2013
This press release, from the Organization of American States, recaps a roundtable that the Uruguayan Mission hosted with regional experts about a new focus on drug politics. Director Cynthia Arnson discussed the high correlation between the number of homicides and a large drug trafficking presence in a given area. This article is in Spanish.
Aug 13, 2013
This article on drug-related gang violence in Honduras and the region quotes Eric Olson.
Aug 06, 2013
Eric Olson is quoted in this article on an increase on drug possession charges impacting Texas’ Hudspeth County’s budget.
Jul 26, 2013
This article on organized crime groups in Central America extensively cites the Latin America Program’s report, “The Criminal Diaspora,” edited by Juan Carlos Garzón and Eric Olson. This article is in Spanish.