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At the end of every year, InSight Crime looks into the crystal ball and predicts what the big criminal risks are likely to be during 2017. These are what we see as the threats facing the Americas in the coming year.

El Salvador Govt Unlikely to Accept MS13 Dialogue Proposal

El Salvador Govt Unlikely to Accept MS13 Dialogue Proposal

Following the proposal by one of El Salvador's main gangs to start a dialogue with the government that could end in the group's dissolution, several political leaders have expressed resistance to the offer.

MS13 Seeks Dialogue with El Salvador Government

MS13 Seeks Dialogue with El Salvador Government

The MS13 has called for negotiations with the government, which could include the dismantling of the gang, implying a drastic change in posture since four years ago when the gang's national leadership refused to enter a dialogue about its possible dissolution.

GameChangers 2016: El Salvador's New (Ideology Free) Civil War

GameChangers 2016: El Salvador's New (Ideology Free) Civil War

The already heated fight between El Salvador's gangs and security forces began to resemble a low-intensity conflict in 2016, as the MS13 and Barrio 18 increasingly aligned against a government bent on destroying them in a battle that seemed to have everything you would expect in war except an ideology. 

GameChangers 2016: Elites, Organized Crime and Political Firestorms

GameChangers 2016: Elites, Organized Crime and Political Firestorms

Welcome to InSight Crime's GameChangers 2016, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas. This year we put a spotlight on crime and corruption among the region's political elites, while reporting on government struggles to corral criminality fueled by street gangs, drug cartels and Marxist rebels alike.

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is the hemisphere's largest, most formidable and increasingly its most sophisticated street gang. This ongoing investigative series tackles its evolution from various perspectives.