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Peru Coca Cultivation Lowest in 15 Years: UN

Peru Coca Cultivation Lowest in 15 Years: UN

Coca cultivation continues to fall in Peru in response to unprecedented eradication efforts, but this progress is undermined by the government's failure to take control of the country's main coca hub, as well as soaring production in neighboring Colombia.

Bolivia, Uruguay Latest Countries to Propose Drug Law Reforms

Bolivia, Uruguay Latest Countries to Propose Drug Law Reforms

Bolivia and Uruguay are set to implement new legal frameworks for combatting drug trafficking, reflecting a regional pattern of governments reassessing their anti-drug policies.

Panama, Mexico Agree to Joint Crime Fighting Effort

Panama, Mexico Agree to Joint Crime Fighting Effort

Panama and Mexico signed a series of agreements during a regional security summit in Panama City, highlighting the push in Latin America to foster cooperation between nations in the struggle to combat organized crime.

Venezuela's Shoot-Down Policy Produces Mixed Results

Venezuela's Shoot-Down Policy Produces Mixed Results

A 2012 law that allows Venezuela’s air force to shoot down aircraft on suspicious flight paths reflects a policy that is being implemented at a high cost with few rewards and in clear contrast to the country's professed humanist values.

Will North American Leaders Stay the Wrong Course on Heroin?

Will North American Leaders Stay the Wrong Course on Heroin?

Mexico's heroin production was a central point in the recent summit of North American leaders, but the remedies under discussion show a remarkable unwillingness to learn from past mistakes.

Though it is not on the agenda of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held April 14-15 in Colombia, the question of drug legalization will be on everyone's minds. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has called for countries to debate a new strategy and other leaders in the region, most notably Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos, have joined him. US President Barack Obama will have to face down them and others in a rare show of unified defiance from US' allies in the region. InSight Crime examines the thorny subject in this series of special reports.