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What Happens When Governments Negotiate with Criminal Networks? Case Studies from the Americas

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Across the Americas, governments on occasion have negotiated – often unofficially – with  various kinds of criminal organizations in an effort to reduce violence and improve citizen  security. In this event, regional experts examined these efforts in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.


9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Negotiating in South America

  • Marcelo Fabián Sain, Núcleo de Estudios sobre Gobierno y Seguridad (NEGyS-UMET): Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Graham Denyer Willis, MIT: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Max Yuri Gil Ramirez, Corporación Región: Medellín, Colombia
  • Moderator: Carlos Basombrío, Wilson Center Global Fellow

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Panel 2: Negotiating in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean

  • Edward Maguire, American University: Cities in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago
  • Marcela Smutt, United Nations Development Program: El Salvador
  • Oscar Martínez, El Faro: El Salvador
  • Moderator:  Eric L. Olson, Associate Director, Latin American Program
Please note that this event was conducted primarily in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation.     
*We thank the Tinker Foundation for their support in making this event possible*