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Latin American Program in the News: Why is Venezuela so violent?

Jun 05, 2012
Venezuela, which had over 19,000 murders last year, has banned private gun ownership. Only army, police, and certain security companies will be allowed to purchase guns.

Latin American Program in the News: OAS delivers conclusions about the Summit of the Americas

Apr 25, 2012
“Even though the priorities and concerns are the same, the Americas are not as synchronized as we would like and there is still a lot of work to do”, was the first conclusion from the secretary general of the Organization of Americas State (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, in regards to the hemispheric encounter in Cartagena. During the conference organized at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington DC, Insulza emphasized that “we have to find ways of cooperation in pending themes and that is what is going to determine if this is going to be a decade of success for the Americas”. (in Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: Business: A welcomed new partner in citizen security

Apr 20, 2012
A good effort in this direction is the "Central American Regional Security Policy Center", an initiative by INCAE and the Woodrow Wilson Center, with World Bank and donor support. It proposes a platform for permanent dialogue between stakeholders and governments in order to generate ideas that can feed into policy-making dialogues or processes in a more systematic way.

Mexico Institute in the News: Security 'quagmire' for Mexican presidential candidates

Apr 18, 2012
Many Mexicans are weary of the sharp rise in violence that has accompanied Calderón's military-led strategy against drug traffickers. So why aren't presidential hopefuls offering alternatives?

Latin American Program in the News: Regional Security, Not Iran, a Primary Focus in South America

Apr 17, 2012
According to Arnson, though the issue of Iran is not salient compared to other issues in Latin America, its inconsistent relationship with the region highlights the already existent divisions in attitudes toward the United States. Though countries like Venezuela also reject the influence of the United States worldwide, she says, the broader region does not share Iran's hostilities.

Latin American Program in the News: U.S. Drug Policy Faces Latin Dissent

Apr 16, 2012
Since then, Latin American leaders have felt neglected, particularly as Mr. Obama's launched a drive last year to intensify his focus on Asia. "In the region there's pretty broad disappointment with the lack of attention," said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America Program at the Washington-based Wilson Center think tank.

Mexico Institute in the News: Obama Keeps Eye on U.S. Politics at Latin America Summit

Apr 13, 2012
President Barack Obama attended a summit in Latin America that may have as much resonance in domestic politics as in hemispheric economics. Discussions at the meeting of North and South American leaders in the resort city of Cartagena, Colombia, covered trade, economic growth and the battle against drug trafficking.

Latin American Program in the News: Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead

Apr 12, 2012
Just what that means in practice is harder to say. For a deeper understanding of how Guatemala sees itself within the debate, we turn to Guatemalan Secretary of Planning Fernando Carrera. Carrera is the man who many say is the architect of Perez's proposals on drug-related issues. He recently gave a talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars entitled "Drug Policy and Democracy in Central America: A View From Guatemala," that provides a crucial insight into how Guatemala is positioning itself in the ever-turbulent discourse on drug legalization

Latin American Program in the News: Guatemala: capturan presunto jefe narco buscado en EEUU

Apr 06, 2012
On Tuesday Authorities captured alleged drug lord Guatemalan Horst Walther Overdick. “His capture is certainly a welcome development, but its impact on drug trafficking in Guatemala or levels of violence overall remains to be seen. In Mexico, the strategy of going after drug kingpins has been one of the factors contributing to the rise in violence,” Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson told the Associated press. [Original Article in Spanish]

Latin American Program in the News: Caracas: “A War Zone”

Apr 03, 2012
“Caracas is the most dangerous capital city in the world, more dangerous than Baghdad,” says Fellow Roberto Briceño Leon, who heads the Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia, a non-government watchdog that monitors crime in the country… Crime has also become more organized and lethal, Briceño Leon says. Chavez’s policies have also facilitated the increase. The president has taken over a number of local police forces, while weakening state governments, especially those whose leaders belong to the opposition.

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