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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.

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.

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.