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On November 9, 2011 the Wilson Center's Latin American Program in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation welcomed members of the Red Centroamericana de Pensamientos e Incidencia (laRED), a network of Central American research and policy organizations, to discuss their forthcoming paper, “Following the Money Trail in Central America: Money Laundering and Implications for Regional Security.” 

laRED is a network of eleven Central American research and policy organizations, based in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.  La Red itself has its headquarters in Guatemala.  The network is an especially welcome development.  Its very existence reflects the recognition that, just as transnational crime knows no national boundary, efforts to investigate organized crime and devise policies for confronting it must also be regional.  Former Vice President of Guatemala Eduardo Stein and Enrique Sáenz of Nicaragua’s Fundación para el Desarrollo de Centro América (FUNDESCA) presented a progress report and some the group's initial findings of a regional study of money laundering and its implications for regional security.

Click here to watch with Eduardo Stein, former Vice-President of Guatemala, discuss the challenges ahead for his country and its new President.