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La propuesta de Fundesa para rescatar a Guatemala


La estrategia de Giuliani fue replicada en al menos una veintena de ciudades estadounidenses, y en la Ciudad de México en 2003. La revista Proceso publicó que “Cuando Giuliani asesoró al gobierno de la ciudad [de México] el promedio anual de crímenes cometidos era de 24,368, según cifras oficiales. Diez años después, la tasa delictiva se redujo hasta 20 %, según el Consejo Ciudadano de Seguridad Pública”.

Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope on Mexico’s drug cartels and ongoing violence

" For years, violent drug cartels have terrorized large parts of Mexico. Armed with sophisticated weapons, they are engaged in major drug trafficking and other illegal activities. It's estimated that more than 80,000 people have been killed since Mexico launched a war on the cartels in 2006 and thousands more have been kidnapped, some have even been beheaded. Amid all the violence, Mexico has also faced allegations of government and police corruptions. Journalists who have dared to cover these issues are often murdered."

Ground Truth Briefing: Missing Students: How Mexico Has Been Tested

In September 2014, a group of students from a teachers college in the Mexican state of Guerrero travelled to Iguala to protest discriminatory hiring practices. On the way to the protest, police intercepted the group, clashing with the students. As a result, 6 people were killed and 43 students disappeared. During the search, multiple mass graves have been found and none of the bodies belong to the missing students.

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Why are Iranian hard-liners once again setting their sights on women? Some 2,000 Iranian women and men demonstrated last week  in the city of Isfahan, and others gathered before the parliament building in Tehran, to protest a series of acid attacks on women and to demand government action.

Plan Tamaulipas: A New Security Strategy for a Troubled State

Recognizing that the situation in Tamaulipas had reached crisis level, in May, 2014, Mexico's top security officials met with their state level counterparts in Tamaulipas to unveil a new security strategy. At the heart of the conflict between the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, Tamaulipas suffers from high rates of violent crime, including the nation's highest for kidnapping, large-scale cases of migrant abuse and extremely weak state and local level law enforcement institutions and governance.

Is there Hope for Central American Youth?

Event documents are now available for download at the bottom of this page. Papers from several speakers will be posted soon.


Central America’s kingpins of graft


This year’s two most wanted men in Central America were not drug barons, but a former president and a surgeon.

Both are accused of embezzling millions of dollars in state money meant for earthquake victims and poor patients on social security...

“This is not just ordinary corruption,” said Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. “Its impact on people’s lives is probably greater than that of any drug trafficker.”


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Fleeing Central America's Killing Streets


"The gang-driven violence that claimed Andrea's life has roots that date back to the earlier waves of immigrants who escaped to the US during the Central American civil wars of the 1980s.

Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center, said that past deportation policy helped spread US-born gangs like Mara Salvatrucha into the Northern Triangle countries.

Blast in Chile is 29th Bomb This Year, but Perpetrators Remain Mysterious


“This is not a country that is racked by insecurity, but these bombs that have gone off in fairly rapid succession have created a sense of concern about what’s going on and opened up a debate about what the government is doing in the security arena,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Wilson Center’s Latin America program. “The main pressure is on the government to investigate and prosecute the people responsible for these incidents. If it fails to do that, and the explosions continue, the government is going to be faced with a very distinct problem.”

El país que entregó las cárceles a sus pandilleros