5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Other Side of the Story: Explaining Low Rates of Crime and Violence in Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Uruguay

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*Please note that this event will be held primarily in Spanish, with bi-lingual translation*

As a region, Latin America is known for having the highest rates of crime and violence in the world.  But some countries—Chile and Uruguay in South America and Costa Rica and Nicaragua in crime-ravaged Central America—have managed to reduce crime or maintain rates that are far below the regional average.  What institutional or social factors might explain this difference?   Will these countries be able to maintain their exceptionality in the face of deteriorating trends elsewhere and the emergence of new threats?  What lessons might these four countries hold for others in and outside the region?   

Special thanks to the Tinker Foundation for their support in making this event possible.