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

Why are some Latin American countries facing much more moderate levels of crime and violence than their neighbors? A group of experts from across the region analyze the security situation in the diverse countries of Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

Date & Time

Jun. 26, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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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.


Hosted By

Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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