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GameChangers 2017: Drug Trade Dynamics Shape Latin America’s Criminal Landscape

Latin America’s criminal landscape continued to evolve this year, driven by the ongoing record production of cocaine in South America’s Andean region, the...
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GameChangers 2017: Trump Stumbles on Latin America Security

President Donald Trump’s approach to US security policy in Latin America has flailed during his first year in office, with his administration alienating key...
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GameChangers 2017: Colombia’s Cocaine Explosion Stokes Political and Social Crises

Cocaine is one of the world’s most in-demand drugs. Its production center is in the Andean region of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, where...
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Colombia Sends Mixed Messages on 2018 Coca Eradication Goal

The government of Colombia has issued seemingly contradictory statements regarding the amount of coca it aims to forcibly eradicate next year....
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Between the Best Coffee and Drugs in the World: Peru’s Tambopata Valley

Ojo-Público visited San Pedro de Putina Punco, a district located in Sandia province in the jungles of Peru’s southern Puno city. Illegal coca crops, maceration...
Colombia says it will spend $315 million in four years on its anti-coca policy
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Colombia, UNODC Sign ‘Historic’ Agreement on Coca Policy

Colombia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement to cooperate on the Andean nation's coca reduction strategy. But the plan's...
A coca farmer in Antioquia, Colombia
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Colombia’s Struggling Anti-Coca Strategy Needs US Backing: Report

A new report quantifies the progress of Colombia's coca crop substitution program under the peace agreement, and calls for US leniency and support despite a rocky...
A victim of the shootout during the protest
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Confusion Surrounds Bloody Incident Linked to Colombia Coca Eradication

A protest by farmers in Colombia against government eradication of coca crops left several civilians dead and wounded. But conflicting version of events have made...
US Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker
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US Ambassador: FARC ‘Have Not Complied’ With Colombia Peace Deal

The US ambassador to Colombia publicly aired his country's main grievances with regard to Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, adding to...
Is cocaine consumption really rising?
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Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged...
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
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US Congress Hearing Underscores Tensions Over Colombia Peace Deal

Criticism of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group by US officials and experts at a recent congressional hearing underscored simmering...
The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year
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The FARC’s Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of...