Drugs Publications

Confronting Drugs, Crime, and Warfare in Africa

Dec 16, 2015
Insurgents, corruption, and weak governance have made Africa a hub for clandestine narcotics shipments to Europe. Drug profits have helped fuel the continent’s wars, including the bloodshed caused by al-Qaeda–linked militants. Better governance is the key to stopping this vicious trade, but several new direct actions by the United States can also help.

Tough on the Weak, Weak on the Tough

Sep 29, 2015
Wilson Center Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón investigates the main impacts of drug law enforcement on policing and in Latin America.

How to Reduce Violence in Guerrero

Sep 21, 2015
Guerrero is one of the most violent and dangerous states in Mexico. In light of the gravity of the issues at hand, this article will aim to answer two closely related questions: Why did violence in Guerrero escalate over the last few years, and what can citizens and the authorities do to check the state's worrisome levels of violence? This paper is available in both English and Spanish.

Duros contra los débiles, débiles frente a los duros

Sep 15, 2015
Este artículo se propone identificar los principales impactos de la aplicación de las leyes de drogas en el accionar policial. El texto señala cuatro efectos asociados: 1) La represión enfocada en los delitos menores y los eslabones más débiles de la cadena; 2) Patrones de detención frecuentemente basados en estereotipos que recaen sobre las poblaciones más vulnerables; 3) Corrupción y penetración del crimen organizado; y 4) Uso desmedido de la fuerza y violaciones a los Derechos Humanos.

NEW APPROACHES TO DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RESPONSES TO ORGANIZED CRIME

Apr 28, 2015
Report on the Side Event to the 56th Regular Session of CICAD, Nov 18, 2014, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. English and Spanish versions available.

Reflections on Mexico's Southern Border

Apr 01, 2015
In early March, 2015, a small group of researchers from the Washington-based Wilson Center and from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas traveled to the southwestern section of the Mexico-Guatemala border to observe developments in migration, various types of illicit trafficking, trade, and border management. In this report, each of the five researchers participating in the visit presents a short reflection based on several of these encounters.

Violence and Insecurity in Guerrero

Feb 05, 2015
This paper paper examines the security situation in the state of Guerrero, including the operation of drug trafficking organizations, and proposes possible solutions to the security crisis. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

Citizen Security in Michoacán

Jan 09, 2015
This report pays close attention to the efforts and challenges of the Mexican government and civil society to work together to establish order in Michoacán, offering important insights and recommendations for continued progress to that end. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

Violence and Citizen Participation in Mexico: From the Polls to the Streets

Jan 09, 2015
This paper provides a broad view of political participation in the midst of Mexico's current security crisis, with the goal of understanding the effects of violence on civic activism. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

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