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Rio security chief Jose Mariano Beltrame

Outgoing Rio Public Safety Czar: Good Guy or Sucker?

In her most recent post, Rio de Janeiro based journalist and blogger Julia Michaels discusses "Todo dia é segunda-feira," (Everyday is Monday), a memoir by...
Mexican troops in Michoacan

Falling Death Toll in Mexico Military Operations Reflects New Tactics

Both attacks against Mexico's soldiers and the number of alleged criminals killed by military personnel have plummeted over the last 18 months, reflecting tactical...
The cover of the Rand publication

RAND: Mexico Is Not Colombia

A new report from a leading think tank makes the case that the challenges in the drug war facing Mexico are not the same as those in Colombia, and seeks to outline...
Arms seized in Nicaragua (2009)

Are Firearms Seizures Why Homicides Are Falling in Nicaragua?

Authorities in Nicaragua have identified the seizure of thousands of firearms over the past several years as the main reason for a large drop in the country's...
Mexico federal forces in Tamaulipas

How Federal Security Deployments in Mexico Are Set Up to Fail

The recent wave of killings that has made the state of Tamaulipas one of Mexico's main drug war battlefields has prompted plans to send in federal troops to...
President Juan Orlando Hernandez

Honduras Poll Indicates Support for New President’s Iron Fist Policies

Honduras' new President Juan Orlando Hernandez garnered a 66 percent approval rating in a new CID/Gallup poll, indicating significant public support for a president...
Inauguration of the PMOP in October 2013

‘Mano Dura’ in Honduras: An Enduring Barrier to Reform

Four months after being sworn in as president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez has carried out some security-oriented initiatives to battle his country's rising...
Estanislao Beltran at the inauguration

Mexico Launches Official Vigilante Unit in Rocky Legalization Process

Hundreds of vigilantes have joined Mexico's new "Rural Defense Force" as part of a move to legalize self-defense militas, creating a potentially critical rift...
Carlos "El Negro" Lobo escorted by Honduras security forces

Honduras Swift to Complete First Extradition to US Under New Law

Carlos "El Negro" Lobo has become the first Honduran drug trafficker to be extradited from Honduras to the United States, in a rapidly completed process apparently...

Security Successes Don’t Add Up to Popularity for Mexico President

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has made turning the page on the violence of the past administration one of his foremost goals, but his declining approval...
A UPP post attacked in March 2014

Rising Attacks on Rio Police Bad Sign as Brazil World Cup Nears

Attacks on police units in Rio de Janeiro's "pacified" slums have increased amid some apparently coordinated efforts, in what represents a major concern for ongoing...
Murder victims in south Belize City in 2012

Belize City Gang Ceasefire is Temporary Reprieve

Authorities in Belize have reported a ceasefire between gangs in the south of the country's largest city following a surge in homicides, though the country's prime...