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Latin American Program in the News: Regional Security, Not Iran, a Primary Focus in South America



When talking about their economies, summit participants celebrated the region's recent gains and its increasingly outward-looking vision for trade and business. But as regional citizens continue to face the daily threat of ongoing violence and organized crime, Latin American leaders were focused on finding solutions for the internal security obstacles.

Latin American Program in the News: U.S. Drug Policy Faces Latin Dissent



When Mr. Obama attended the Americas summit three years ago, the newly inaugurated American president was greeted warmly. He responded that the U.S. had at times been disengaged and promised a relationship based on equal partnership.

Latin American Program in the News: Support, But Some Disappointment, as Obama Heads to Americas Summit


With the formal agenda a mere shadow of what was tackled at the first of these meetings when President Clinton started the exercise in hemispheric summitry in Miami in 1994, Obama and his fellow presidents officially will be talking about the region’s ongoing battle with narco-violence, drug policy, disaster response, poverty, and inequality. Unofficially, they will be talking about Cuba’s future and pressing Obama for details about his campaign.

Latin America Program in the News: U.S. on more equal footing with neighbors as Obama heads to Summit of the Americas



As the United States struggles to regain its economic footing, Latin America’s leaders have moved on from the largely U.S.-centric view of the world that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some of the most influential have embraced policies that welcome China, India and Iran as economic and political partners.

Latin American Program in the News: Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead



Latin American Program in the News: Guatemala: capturan presunto jefe narco buscado en EEUU


Cynthia Arnson, directora del programa de América Latina del Centro de Estudios internacionales Woodrow Wilson en Washington dijo que el arresto constituye un "acontecimiento novedoso" pero que su "impacto en el narcotráfico en Guatemala y los altos indices de violencia están por verse ya que esta misma estrategia de remover las cabecillas en México contribuyó al incremento de violencia en el país".


Mexico Institute: March Highlights

The Mexico Institute, March 2012

Each month, the Mexico Institute will review and highlight the month’s activities and feature them here. Visitors will be able to watch the recap from our most recent events, browse our new publications, and read articles that feature key media appearances of the Mexico Institute staff. We hope you will find this review useful and informative. Enjoy!


Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico

Mexico has experienced an unprecedented rise in crime and violence over the past five years with over 47,000 people killed in crime related violence during this period.

For some, the increase in violence is a tragic by-product of President Calderón’s full frontal assault on criminal organizations. For others, the government’s actions, while well intended, have only marginally impacted trafficking while exacerbating the violence.