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.

Part I: The Emergence of Mexico's Small Armies*

Part I: The Emergence of Mexico's Small Armies*

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Part II: Gangs, Deportation and Violence in Central America*

Part II: Gangs, Deportation and Violence in Central America*

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Part III: The Gauntlet*

Part III: The Gauntlet*

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Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead

Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead

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Gorilla in the Room: Mapping Pre-Summit Drug Policy Positions

Gorilla in the Room: Mapping Pre-Summit Drug Policy Positions

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Gorilla in the Room: The Expert View on Drug Legalization

Gorilla in the Room: The Expert View on Drug Legalization

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Gorilla in the Room: This is Not a Legalization Debate

Gorilla in the Room: This is Not a Legalization Debate

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