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Barrio Azteca Leader’s Arrest Casts Doubt on Trump Border Rhetoric

The recent arrest of a top Barrio Azteca leader in Mexico offers additional insight into the criminal and drug trafficking dynamics along the US-Mexico border at a...
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3 Big Questions About Mexico Security Policy Under AMLO

Voters in Mexico elected a new president who has promised to clean up a graft-ridden government and move the country away from a deeply entrenched militarized...
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Could Nicaragua ‘Parapolice’ Groups Turn Criminal?

Armed "parapolice" groups have played a central role in the violent repression of opposition protesters in Nicaragua over the past several weeks, but it remains to...
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5 Organized Crime Challenges for Colombia President-Elect Duque

The election of conservative Iván Duque as Colombia's next president has raised questions on how the country will tackle some of the many challenges it faces...
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Mexico Elections: Candidates’ Security Proposals Lack Long-Term Focus

Mexico’s next president will have the opportunity to revamp the country's security policy framework. But just weeks before the election, the leading candidates...
Colombia presidential candidates 2018
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How Will Colombia’s Next President Fight Organized Crime?

Colombia’s presidential election, scheduled for May 27, comes at a critical time in the country’s history. The peace process with the FARC is...
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Uruguay Faces Rising Public Pressure to Militarize Fight Against Crime

Authorities in Uruguay are facing mounting public pressure to pursue hardline security strategies to combat a perceived rise in gang-related violence, but caving to...
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Weekly InSight: The Bloody Road to Mexico’s Election

In our May 10 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón discussed the challenging environment in Mexico as...
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As Medellín Violence Spikes, Security Force Response Raises Worries

Authorities in Colombia are responding to a recent wave of violence in Medellín with large-scale security force occupations and targeted arrests of crime bosses,...
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Gruesome Killing of Mexico Students a Reminder of Ayotzinapa Mistakes

The gruesome killing of three students in the state of Jalisco has raised fresh questions about Mexico’s capacity to effectively investigate violent...
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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former "cocaine cowboy" whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked...
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Jamaica Brings Back Security Force Occupation as Violence Rises

Jamaica security forces are being sent back into a neighborhood where the recent withdrawal of a joint military-police occupation led to a spike in murders,...