Weekly InSight: Drugs and Security, Latin America’s Lessons for the World

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In our August 3 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown about the lessons Latin America has learned in its decades-long fight against drug-related violence, and how those lessons fit into the global context.

The conversation centered largely around the themes of mass incarceration and supply-side strategies for drug control, two issues InSight Crime has covered extensively. LaSusa and Felbab-Brown discussed the lessons that can be taken from Latin America’s security successes — like various countries’ experiments with alternative drug policy frameworks — as well as failures, like Mexico’s “war on drugs” and Rio de Janeiro’s “hot spot” inspired policing model. They also discussed the experiences of countries outside the region, such as Thailand, the Philippines and Afghanistan, and how those lessons might inform security policies in Latin America.

Watch the Facebook Live broadcast for the full conversation:

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