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GameChangers 2017: What to Watch for in 2018

Organized crime thrives amid political corruption and uncertainty. There will be plenty of this in Latin America in 2018, helping organized crime deepen its roots...
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GameChangers 2017: Is Colombia’s FARC Really Gone?

Has Colombia's FARC really left the country's criminal scene? Yes, and absolutely not. The rebel army is gone, and has become a political party. The FARC Mafia is...
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GameChangers 2017: Anti-Corruption Successes Fuel Elite Backlash

Corruption scandals have continued to break at dizzying pace across Latin America throughout 2017, spanning politics, business, the security forces, the judiciary...
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GameChangers 2017: Venezuela’s Maduro Administration Strengthens Criminal Ties

Venezuela's role as a hotbed for organized crime in the Americas has deepened this year. The country’s political, economic and social crises have...
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GameChangers 2017: Local Politics, Organized Crime’s New Power Base in Latin America

Reporting by InSight Crime in 2017 revealed how organized crime managed to infiltrate local politics in Latin America as well as the multiple ways in which criminal...
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GameChangers 2017: The Long Road to Prison Reform in Latin America

This year, InSight Crime put a special focus on how prisons in Latin America interact with organized crime, examining how institutions meant to...
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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: Government and Gangs Battle for Brazil

A new war between Brazil’s two biggest crime groups has contributed to escalating violence across the country, which authorities are struggling to contain...
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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: Trump Battles MS13 With Lies, Half-Truths and Recycled Policies

When US President Donald Trump put the MS13 gang at the center of his domestic security narrative this year, he equated the threat posed by the group to that of...
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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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GameChangers 2017: The Empire Strikes Back

Welcome to InSight Crime’s GameChangers 2017, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of...