Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega after casting his vote

Will Ortega’s Grip on Nicaragua Politics Open Door to More Corruption?

Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega has been re-elected to a fourth term in office in a landslide victory. But as his inner circle tightens its hold on power,...
Police officers in Nicaragua

Why Is Nicaragua 7 Times Less Violent Than Honduras?

A newspaper in violence-plagued Honduras investigated why Nicaragua enjoyed a much lower homicide rate and credited its neighbor's relatively professional and...

Elites and Organized Crime: Methodology

This study focuses on four countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia. Each presents different challenges and opportunities for research, and makes its...

Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

Organized crime and the violence associated with it is the preeminent problem in Latin America and the Caribbean today. The region is currently home to six of the...

Elites and Organized Crime: Conceptual Framework – Organized Crime

This project defines organized crime as: a structured group of people that associate on a regular and prolonged basis to benefit from illicit activities and illegal...

Elites and Organized Crime: Conceptual Framework – Elites

This InSight Crime project defines elites as: specific groups of people with a privileged position that allows them to control, direct or greatly influence the...

Elites and Organized Crime: Preface

Organized crime is not an abstract concept for me. I grew up in Oak Park, a leafy suburb of Chicago with a population of about 60,000. In general, it was a very low...
Nicaragua's prisons are severely overcrowded

Nicaragua Releases 8,000 Inmates from Overcrowded Prisons

Nicaragua has reportedly released the equivalent of 80 percent of its prison population over the last two years in a controversial measure to ease overcrowding that...
Head of the Tarzanes, Agustin Reyes Aragon

Head of Nicaragua Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced in Costa Rica

A court in Costa Rica has sentenced the head of Nicaragua drug trafficking group the Tarzanes, a reflection of the criminal organization's operational presence...