Crime News

Latin American Program in the News: Pérez, abierto a la legalización

Feb 14, 2012
Otto Perez Molina will likely propose drug legalization at the next summit of regional leaders. Dr. Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, discusses how the initiative comes in response to the frustration over the current drug policy that has defined the region over the past few decades. She argues that even though it may not be implemented, it is a message that is icreasingly becoming part of the discussion in the region. [Article is in Spanish]

Mexico Institute in the News: Is Mexico City Safe from Drug Cartel War -- Or the Next Target?

Jan 17, 2012
Mexico City used to be perceived as a crime-ridden place people wanted to move away from. Now it is perceived as a safe haven from the drug war, with a growing fear that it will not remain that way.

Mexico Institute in the News: Drug-Related Violence Soars in Mexico

Jan 12, 2012
Violence in Mexico continues to increase and spread as the drug war in Mexico continues.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Updates Death Toll in Drug War to 47,515, but Critics Dispute the Data

Jan 11, 2012
The Mexican government released high death toll for drug war. The accuracy of these numbers is questioned.

Mexico Institute in the News: 2011 Drug Violence Kills Nearly 13,000 in Mexico, New Figures Show

Jan 11, 2012
The rate of drug related killings continues to increase, though at a slower rate than in 2010.

Mexico Institute in the News: Have the Zetas Replaced the Sinaloa as Mexico's Most Powerful Cartel?

Jan 03, 2012
While the Zetas now have control in more territory, their power still may not be as strong as the Sinaloa Cartel.

Op-ed: Mexican drug cartels less cohesive, more violent

Sep 29, 2011
The Mexican government, supported by U.S. intelligence, has succeeded in arresting many of the top leaders of the trafficking organizations and making it harder for them to operate. Today these groups are probably far less cohesive than they once were, but that has also made them much more violent.

U.S.-Central America Security Cooperation

May 25, 2011
Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control at the May 25, 2011 hearing "U.S.-Central America Security Cooperation." Her prepared remarks are here.

A Shared Responsibility— Citizen Security and Counter-Narcotics Initiatives in the Americas

Mar 31, 2011
Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs at the March 31 hearing "A Shared Responsibility— Citizen Security and Counter-Narcotics Initiatives in the Americas." Her prepared remarks are here.

Latin America in 2010: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of the U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere

Dec 01, 2010
Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere at the December 1 hearing "Latin America in 2010: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of the U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere." Read her testimony about major political and economic trends in the region, and the challenges they pose for U.S. policy.

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