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President Macri's Perilous Gambit on Militarization in Argentina

President Macri's Perilous Gambit on Militarization in Argentina

The United States and Argentina share some common features. The most significant in terms of civil-military relations and defense-security separation is that since the return of democracy to Argentina in 1983 the country has adopted a system very similar to the US Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by which the Department of Defense is prevented from interfering in domestic law enforcement.

Cooperation Up Ahead of Expected Reopening of Colombia-Venezuela Border

Cooperation Up Ahead of Expected Reopening of Colombia-Venezuela Border

Officials from Colombia and Venezuela forged ahead with new bilateral mechanisms targeting transnational organized crime and prepared to reopen their border after months of closure that has benefited criminal groups.

Argentina Drug Traffickers Laundered $269 Million: Minister

Argentina Drug Traffickers Laundered $269 Million: Minister

Argentina's Security Minister Patricia Bullrich recently revealed the scope of drug-related money laundering in the country, as part of an attempt to push new asset seizure legislation through Congress. 

Mexico, China Are Key Nodes in Fentanyl Trade: DEA

Mexico, China Are Key Nodes in Fentanyl Trade: DEA

A new report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) marks the agency’s most recent attempt to call attention to the problem of fentanyls, a category of drugs that authorities say is contributing to severe opioid abuse issues in the world’s largest drug market.

Mexico Pursues Top Drug Lords Amid Fragmented Criminal Landscape

Mexico Pursues Top Drug Lords Amid Fragmented Criminal Landscape

Authorities in Mexico continue to focus on hunting down the heads of the country's most prominent cartels, pursuing a kingpin strategy that will probably do little to cure a dire security situation given the the nation's increasingly fragmented organized crime landscape.

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.