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China’s Detention of Canadians Could Backfire

We don’t know where–or in what conditions–Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are being held. 

They were detained a week ago today, on Monday December 10, in different cities, in different regions of China, but on the same, serious allegations of “endangering national security.” 

'Narcos: Transnational Cartels and Border Security': Earl Anthony Wayne Testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration

 

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Cooperation between Mexico and the United States regarding transnational crime is vital. Both societies pay a high price for the illegal traffic in drugs, money, guns and people that cross our common border.

25th Anniversary of the Russian Constitution

December 12th marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Russian constitution. Historians still debate the controversial events that accompanied the constitution’s birth, but a generation of Russian lawyers has now grown up knowing only this founding legislation as Russia’s highest law. Thus, what was originally perceived as a transitional document has demonstrated surprising staying power. This panel discussed the controversial origins of the Russian constitution, its guiding principles, and how it has entered into and influenced Russian law for the past 25 years. 

More Money, More Crime: Prosperity and Rising Crime in Latin America

While worldwide crime is declining overall, criminality in Latin America has reached unprecedented levels that have ushered in social unrest and political turmoil. Despite major political and economic gains, crime has increased in every Latin American country over the past 25 years, currently making this region the most crime-ridden and violent in the world.

The Outlook for the Rule of Law in Mexico

Since Mexico's July 2018 election, there has been speculation about the new administration's approach to questions of rule of law in Mexico. The Wilson Center welcomed two ministers of Mexico's Supreme Court, Alfredo Gutiérrez Ortiz Mena and Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, to discuss the rule-of-law challenges being faced in the country as well as opportunities for further reform of the judicial system. Expert panelists also discussed prospects for reform as well as Mexico's shift to an adversarial system and the status of its implementation.

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