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Brazil Clampdown on Gang-Controlled Prisons Unlikely to Succeed

A recent prison crackdown in Brazil has sparked a violent response from the country’s most powerful organized crime group, but the government's measures lack...
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Police Exercise License to Kill in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro

Killings by police in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro nearly doubled in January 2019 when compared to the previous month -- suggesting that President Jair Bolsonaro's and...
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A Blast from the Past: The Duque Security Plan for Colombia

When Colombian President Iván Duque announced his new security plan, he told the media that security “shouldn’t be confused with war.” In his actual plan,...
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The Top Three Security Challenges Facing El Salvador’s President-Elect Nayib Bukele

It is straight to business for El Salvador’s president-elect Nayib Bukele as he faces unparalleled expectations when it comes to tackling the country’s security...
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New Book Highlights Flaws in Ecuador-Colombia Border Security Strategy

The high-profile March 2018 kidnapping and murder of three media workers was a landmark moment for Ecuador, and put a new spotlight on the violence generated by...
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Nicaragua President Ordered ‘Parapolice’ to Stalk, Kill Protesters: Fmr Police

A former top police official in Nicaragua says civilian squads that brutally repressed anti-government protesters were composed of police officers under the command...
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AMLO Security Crackdown Met With Mexico Cartel Death Threats

Two death threats were made against the president of Mexico in the same week from two different criminal groups, suggesting that the president’s strategy for...
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AMLO Jumping the Gun With Wild Claims About Mexico Security

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hailed a massive improvement in his nation’s security, but the gains he trumpeted have little real...
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AMLO Jumping the Gun With Wild Claims About Mexico Security

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hailed a massive improvement in his nation’s security, but the gains he trumpeted have little real...
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Russian Mercenaries Providing Muscle for Venezuela’s Embattled Maduro

The suspected arrival of around 100 Russian mercenaries in Venezuela to provide protection for Nicolas Maduro has set alarm bells ringing internationally while...
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How Would El Salvador’s Presidential Candidates Tackle Organized Crime?

The citizens of El Salvador are set to elect a new president on February 3 amid an uptick in deadly violence in January, which has thrust the country’s security...
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Political Mafias Helped Empower Gangs, says El Salvador Security Expert

The homicide rate in El Salvador has spiked after authorities in the Central American nation saw a substantial reduction in homicides in 2018, raising important...