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

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.

Date & Time

Wednesday
Oct. 30, 2013
8:55am – 12:30pm ET

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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What Happens When Governments Negotiate with Criminal Networks? Case Studies from the Americas

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.

AGENDA

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*  

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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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