Organized Crime News

Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence?

Dec 15, 2014
The article covers Latin American Program’s launch event for their new publication on crime and security in Central America.

Estudio Wilson Center recomienda priorizar recursos contra la violencia por zonas C.A.

Dec 13, 2014
Reporting on the “Central America’s Security Challenges" event hosted by the Latin American Program, this article reviews important points of the panel discussions. This article is in Spanish.

Mexican Leader, Facing Protests, Promises to Overhaul Policing

Nov 27, 2014
Associate Program Director Eric Olson is quoted in this article about Mexico's chronic problems with organized crime and proposed justice reforms.

La propuesta de Fundesa para rescatar a Guatemala

Nov 21, 2014
This article discusses Fundesa's proposal to adopt strategies in Guatemala, modeled after those implemented in New York under Mayor Giuliani, to reduce crime and violence. A reference is made to the Wilson Center and a conference paper for the Latin American Program. This article is in Spanish.

Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope on Mexico’s drug cartels and ongoing violence

Nov 07, 2014
Director Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope discuss the ongoing violence and what Mexico is doing to combat the cartels on CCTV America's The Heat.

Fleeing Central America's Killing Streets

Sep 09, 2014
This article about violence and organized crime in Central America, and its effect on migration, quotes Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson.

Bad as Baghdadi? Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Man

Sep 08, 2014
"If there is one militant organization capable of approaching the sheer savagery of Islamic State—and of approaching the extent to which social media is used to showcase such savagery—it is the Pakistani Taliban," writes Michael Kugelman.

El país que entregó las cárceles a sus pandilleros

Sep 05, 2014
The Latin American Program's report "Drug Trafficking Organizations in Central America: Transportistas, Mexican Cartels and Maras", written by former Latin AMerican Program Fellow Steven Dudley, is cited in this article on gangs in El Salvador. This article is in Spanish.

Journalism and Security in Mexico

Sep 03, 2014
Since 2008, journalists' rights to write and express their opinions had been seriously limited in Mexico. Mexico is now one of the world's most dangerous and complicated places to practice journalism. Read the latest article by Diana Negroponte, a member of the Mexico Institute's Advisory Board.

Drug Trafficking - How Drugs Get Here

Sep 02, 2014
The Latin American Program's 2012 publication "Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas: Major Trends in the Twenty-First Century" was referenced in this article about drug trafficking to the United States.

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