Drugs Publications

The FARC and Colombia's Illegal Drug Trade

Dec 15, 2014
As part of its ongoing monitoring of the peace process in Colombia, the Latin American Program is pleased to share with you a new study of the FARC’s involvement in Colombia’s illegal drug trade.

Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education

Jul 14, 2014
Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.

Local Markets for Illegal Drugs: Impacts, Trends, and New Approaches

Jun 05, 2014
The report examines the public health, social development and citizen security impacts of retail drug markets in major urban areas in the Americas and how traditional law enforcement approaches have altered and, at times, exacerbated the security situation.

One Goal, Two Struggles: Confronting Crime and Violence in Mexico and Colombia

Feb 04, 2014
In this publication international experts address the utility of comparing Colombia and Mexico’s experiences and strategy for combatting organized crime and violence more generally.

¿A Dónde Vamos? Análisis de políticas públicas de seguridad ciudadana en América Latina

Sep 20, 2013
Edited by Carlos Basombrío, this publication brings together experts from across Latin America to analyze the state of citizen security policy in the region. (In Spanish)

The Criminal Diaspora: The Spread of Transnational Organized Crime and How to Contain its Expansion

Aug 25, 2013
This publication examines the multiple causes leading to the expansion and diffusion of organized crime across Latin America and globally.
Cities without Suburbs: A Census 2010 Perspective by David Rusk

Cities without Suburbs: A Census 2010 Perspective

Jul 26, 2013
Cities without Suburbs, first published in 1993, has influenced analysis of America’s cities by city planners, scholars, and citizens alike. David Rusk, the former mayor of Albuquerque, argues that America must end the isolation of the central city from the suburbs if it is to solve its urban problems.

Dynamics of the Soviet Illicit Drug Market (1991)

Jun 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #242, 1990. PDF 100 pages.

As President Obama Heads to Mexico, Americans Have Mixed Views of Neighbor Across the Border

Apr 29, 2013
President Obama will visit Mexico on May 2, where he is expected to discuss ways to deepen US-Mexico economic relations and reinforce cultural and commercial ties between the two countries. While still plagued by issues related to organized crime, today Mexico has one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and it is the United States’ second largest trading partner and third largest source of oil.

Mexico Matters: Change in Mexico and Its Impact Upon the United States

Apr 12, 2013
The book consists of seven short chapters. The first positions Mexico as a fundamental issue for the United States. The second delves into the origins of the country’s current situation and choices. The third analyzes the conundrum of the nation’s politics. The fourth describes the process of decentralization that overtook the country in recent decades and what that entails for decision making. The fifth explores the economy, where it comes from and how it has performed, as well as its current dilemmas. The sixth examines the issue of security and its complexity. The book ends with a few thoughts on the stakes and opportunities looking toward the future.

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