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Special Series: The Gorilla in the Room

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.

Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead

Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead

After Guatemala's President Otto Perez controversially advocated open debate on drug legalization and decriminalization, it is time to detail the country's stance on legalization and what the government's hopes are...

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

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

Drug policy will not officially be discussed during this week's Summit of the Americas, making it the proverbial "gorilla in the room." In the first in a series of articles...

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Gorilla in the Room: The Expert View on Drug Legalization

Gorilla in the Room: The Expert View on Drug Legalization

As the debate over drug prohibition develops, InSight Crime reviews the positions of leading thinkers on drug decriminalization and legalization, finding that the debate is often more nuanced than a...

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Gorilla in the Room: This is Not a Legalization Debate

Gorilla in the Room: This is Not a Legalization Debate

In the final installment of the "Gorilla in the Room" series, Colombian columnist Daniel Pacheco* argues that the real challenge for leaders at this week's Summit of the Americas is...

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El Salvador Gangs Teach Honduras Counterparts Secret Codes

El Salvador Gangs Teach Honduras Counterparts Secret Codes

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Internal Displacement in Brazil: An Inconvenient Truth?

Internal Displacement in Brazil: An Inconvenient Truth?

As Brazil works to project the image of a nation that is effectively addressing security challenges in its major cities, one important indicator -- internal displacement -- is being overlooked. 

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El Salvador Investigates both Sets of Gang Truce Negotiators

El Salvador Investigates both Sets of Gang Truce Negotiators

El Salvador's attorney general has confirmed that his office is investigating the actions of both sets of negotiators in the country's gang truce, suggesting there will be no more semi-official attempts at mediation with gangs...

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