While in recent decades Latin America as a region has made impressive gains in building state capacity and strengthening democracy, criminal networks have adapted to the forces of modernization and capitalized on the vulnerabilities of Latin American democracies by way of an extralegal system of relationships based on clientelism and corruption.
Efforts to bring Colombia's long-running internal armed conflict to an end through political negotiations continued to face major obstacles in 2006. This document reviews the major events in the peace process between Colombia's three main paramilitary groups (the FARC, the ELN, and the AUC) and the Colombian government.
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: Piñera y Obama estrechan relación bilateral y acuerdan rumbo al TPP
Cynthia Arnson’s comments on the Chile-U.S. relationship were quoted in this article. Arnson said that the cooperation between both countries won’t be limited to commerce. According to Cynthia Arnson, “other sectors involved in the bilateral relations will be education, science and technology”.
Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Updates Death Toll in Drug War to 47,515, but Critics Dispute the Data
The Mexican government released high death toll for drug war. The accuracy of these numbers is questioned.