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El Chapo Set to Be Extradited to the U.S.

On January 10, 2016, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood joined CNN International to discuss the arrest of El Chapo, his extradition, and questions surrounding his interview with Sean Penn. 

Watch the interview here.

Mexico Security Review 2016: Assessing the Outlook for the Rule of Law

Mexico faced major security challenges in 2015. Homicides ticked upward for the first time since 2011, and Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's escape from a maximum-security prison was a major embarrassment. An OAS-linked group of independent experts examined the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero and found major discrepancies with the official version. 2016 has started off with good news for the government with the recapture of “El Chapo,”  and this year is also the deadline for Mexico to complete the transition to an adversarial justice system.

Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources, and Governance

On January 19, 2016, the University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host "Rule of Law and the Environment: Rights, Resources and Governance," a JusTRAC symposium that will focus on the intersection between rule of law issues and the environment. Discussion will focus on how rule of law plays a role in environmental harm and resource instability and how environment concerns and resource scarcity in turn create rule of law problems. The symposium will bring together leading figures from key U.S.

Four Questions and Observations about El Salvador’s Deteriorating Security Situation

El Salvador has become the most violent place on earth. The country’s security situation has dramatically deteriorated in recent months, with homicide rates skyrocketing over the summer to levels unseen since the country’s civil war. The wave of violence peaked in August, with over 900 homicides in one month. The homicide rate for 2015 will almost certainly exceed 100 per 100,000 individuals, compared to 68.6 in 2014 and 43.7 in 2013, according to El Salvador’s Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) and National Civil Police (PNC).

The Kremlin Cannot Afford to Stop Propping Up Its Constructed Reality

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“Women, Business, and the Law: Getting to Equal”

Photos of the event.

The World Bank Group report series Women, Business, and the Law measures legal and regulatory barriers to female employment and entrepreneurship in seven key areas of economic opportunity. For the fourth edition of this report, data from 173 economies was collected to show how local laws, regulations, and institutions have contributed to gender-based inequalities and employment imbalances.

International Implications of Cooperation in the Petrobras Corruption Scandal Investigations

The international ramifications of the multibillion dollar corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras and companies and business executives from Brazil and elsewhere have slowly emerged since the beginning of the investigations led by Brazilian authorities in March 2014.  Earlier this year Petrobras informed shareholders that the company is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for potential violations of securities laws, and by the U.S. Department of Justice, under the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA). Early last month, U.S.

Brazil's Political Outlook: The Emerging Tensions of Dilma's Second Term

Brazil Institute Fellow Matthew Taylor analyzes the burdens that President Dilma Rousseff must overcome in her second term as head of state. In this comprehensive piece, Taylor draws from the recent discussions held at the Wilson Center on February 10th and 11th. He examines Rousseff's situation from the beginning of her arduous reelection campaign to the recent Petrobras scandal and political dissention. 

The document can be downloaded below.