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Are Caracas’ Murders Really Falling?

A recent government announcement about an alleged drop in the murder rate in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, raises strong doubts about whether official figures are...
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Can Brazil’s Bolsonaro Deliver on Crime, Corruption Promises?

Brazil's presidential election resulted in the victory of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to crush rampant crime and corruption with an iron...
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Canada Marijuana Legalization Puts Spotlight on LatAm Drug Policy

Recreational marijuana in Canada is now officially legal, and while the decision is unlikely have a significant impact on Latin America’s black market, it could...
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‘Poverty Is Breeding Ground for Drug Trafficking:’ Argentina Security Official

Martín Verrier, Argentina’s deputy secretary for the fight against drug trafficking, spoke with InSight Crime about the criminal landscape in the South American...
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Crime and Security High on Voters’ Agendas in Brazil Election

Brazil is just days away from the first round of this year's general election, and rising crime and security will play an important role in shaping the outcome of...
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The Mexico Crime Bosses Peña Nieto’s Government Toppled

When Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in 2012, he put together a list of 122 alleged criminals whose arrests would be “high-priority” in the...
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Can Governments Deter Violence Committed by Crime Groups?

For decades, governments throughout Latin America have responded to violent criminal groups with militarized campaigns aimed -- in many cases futilely -- at...
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Security Crisis Stains Peña Nieto’s Legacy in Mexico

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto’s final report on the state of the country showed that the security crisis will be one of his darkest legacies and one of the...
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How Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Would Tackle Deepening Insecurity

With crime and violence on the rise across Brazil, security has become a major theme in the run-up to the October presidential election. Do any of the candidates...
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Mexico’s Proposed Institutional Reforms Unlikely to Yield Change in Security

Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has used his transition period before taking office in December to launch a series of proposals to reform...
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Multi-Country Effort Sinks International Drug Trafficking Network

A joint operation between four Latin American countries dismantled a drug trafficking organization, demonstrating the success of regional cooperation policies in...
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Brazil Homicides Reach New Record Levels: Report

Brazil broke its own homicide record in 2017, according to a new report, as killings rose to unprecedented levels due to more violence related to organized crime...