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Top 3 Security Challenges Awaiting Guatemala’s President-Elect

Alejandro Giammattei, a 63-year-old doctor linked to Guatemala’s right-wing elite, became the country’s president almost by surprise. After starting low in the...
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Chinese Mafia Moving Beyond Extorting Argentina’s Supermarkets

A series of attacks and threats against Argentine merchants by Chinese criminal organizations in Buenos Aires reveal a possible expansion of the mafia’s criminal...
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Nicaragua Latest Central American Country to Deny Paramilitary Abuse

Nicaragua’s military chief has denied the presence of paramilitary groups in the embattled country, becoming the latest Central American country to do so despite...
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Chile Militarizes Drug War, Ignoring Dangerous Regional Precedent

The government of Chile has sent the army to its northern border in an effort to stop the influx of drugs feeding the country's growing domestic market -- a...
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Mexico Leaving Its Protected Witnesses in Limbo

A key witness in Mexico has stated that she will not give further evidence against leaders of the Zetas drug cartel, after authorities withdrew her security...
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El Salvador’s Peaceful Month Not Due to Bukele Security Plan

Despite being one of the world’s most violent countries, El Salvador enjoyed one of its most peaceful months in years in July, but President Nayib Bukele may be...
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Uncertainty Surrounds Protection Plan for Colombia’s Crop Substitution Leaders

The unveiling of a plan to protect community leaders involved in Colombia’s voluntary coca crop substitution program is not likely to alleviate security concerns,...
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Hundreds In, Hundreds Out: Jamaica’s Inefficient Response to Violent Crime

In just two months, authorities detained 906 people in Jamaica under states of emergency across the country, but this bid to reduce violent crime is unlikely to...
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El Salvador to Omit Key Data From Official Homicide Tally

The government of El Salvador says that homicide data will only include “social violence” and not instances involving confrontations with security forces, a...
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Death From Above: The Use of Police Helicopters in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro police are increasingly using helicopters to fire on suspected criminals in what is another representation of Governor Witzel’s hardline crime...
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Honduras Drop in Homicides One Part of Complex Security Situation

A new report has found that a sustained reduction in homicides in Honduras has led to a decrease in the impunity rate, but despite this progress, insecurity remains...
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What Are Guatemala Presidential Candidates Planning on Security?

Guatemala will head to the polls on June 16 to elect a new president, a decision that is sure to have profound implications for the nation’s domestic security and...