The Wilson Center Press report “The Criminal Diaspora: The Transnational Diffusion of Organized Crime and How to Contain Its Expansion,” edited by Latin American Program scholar Juan Carlos Garzón and Associate Director Eric L. Olson, is cited by this op-ed about reform of marijuana laws. This article is in Spanish.
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed by Latinvex about upcoming elections and the overall political outlook in Latin America in 2014.
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, provides commentary on the causes of violent crime in Latin America and possible solutions.
Summary of the The 54th Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control (CICAD, in Spanish) of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Latin American Program Board Member María Eugenia Garcés was interviewed by Semana about her philanthropic foundation, AlvarAlice, and the challenges of its social development work in the Aguablanca district of Cali, Colombia. This article is in Spanish.
Cartel thugs have become increasingly savvy with social media: posting photographs and videos of themselves decapitating victims with chainsaws and machetes; wielding gold-plated assault weapons; pouting in sexy poses; and warning civilians not to snitch on them.
Cynthia Arnson comments on the removal of Gustavo Petro, Bogota's mayor and a former M-19 guerrillero, and how it could undermine general trust in the political system as a democratic arena for conflict resolution and political participation by leftist parties.
This article discusses Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' recent visit to Washington, D.C. Most sectors in Washington see Colombia as having had tremendous success in the past decade, although there is much less optimism in Colombia. Cynthia Arnson discusses the high-level talks and gives an analysis of perceptions in Colombia. This article is in Spanish.
Cynthia Arnson discusses the status of peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the largest guerrilla organization in the country.
This article discusses the role that the Honduran military played in the election of National Party candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez. Eric Olson discusses how the military has become a political actor and why the region is likely to become more militarized.