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Mexico State Oil Company Says Fuel Theft Reached All-Time High in 2017

Mexico’s state oil company says it experienced record levels of fuel theft in 2017, but the underlying drivers of this issue are unlikely to be addressed in the...
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The Eight Criminal Armies Supporting Venezuela’s Maduro Administration

The editor of one of Venezuela’s most important media organizations denounced that a combination of security forces and groups linked to organized crime have...
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Militarization Continues as Mexico Records Most Homicidal Year on Record

Newly unveiled homicide statistics in Mexico confirm that 2017 was in fact the most homicidal year recorded in the country’s recent history, underscoring...
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Refusal to Respond to Calls Highlights Demise of Rio’s UPP Program

Rio De Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units (UPPs), already suffering from crippling budget cuts and broken public confidence, are refusing to respond to calls...
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InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up

Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises -- 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide levels for many a country across Latin America and the...
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Venezuela Opposition Leader Killed in Government Security Operation

A prominent opposition figure in Venezuela was killed after a high-powered firefight with security forces, making him perhaps the highest-profile individual slain...
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Domestic Military Deployments Could Lead to Corruption, Politicization: Brazil Army Chief

The commander of Brazil’s army has expressed concerns over the potential for corruption and politicization of the military as it is deployed for...
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Latin America Security Warnings for US Travelers Point to Flawed Policies

US authorities have issued new security warnings for individuals traveling to several Latin American countries, thereby implicitly admitting to failures and flaws...
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Colombia Deploys Troops to Tumaco as ELN Ceasefire Ends

The government of Colombia has deployed thousands of troops to one of the country’s most hotly contested cities to combat organized crime just as a three-month...
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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: 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...