Crime News

Latin American Program in the News: México y EU revisarán la Iniciativa Mérida

Apr 01, 2013
Associate Director, Eric L. Olson, weighs in on the U.S.-Mexican revision of the Mérida Initiative.

Latin American Program in the News: México y Estados Unidos revisarán la Iniciativa Mérida

Mar 28, 2013
Associate Director Eric Olson comments on the impact that the Mérida Initiative has had in Mexico. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: President, what did you do in your first 100 days?

Mar 21, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson comments on the first 100 days of some of the region's presidents, highlighting how they endeavored to differentiate themselves from prior administrations via innovative policies and a change in diplomatic tone (In Spanish).

Latin American Program in the News: US-Mexico gun trafficking grows

Mar 20, 2013
Latin American Program consultant, Colby Goodman, commented on a new study that has been recently published, which provides new conceptual tools for understanding the phenomenon of arms trafficking and potential approaches to stemming it.

Latin American Program in the News: Global Insider: Guatemala Security Reform Shows Mixed Results Under Pérez Molina

Mar 15, 2013
In an email interview, Christine Zaino, program associate, and Cynthia Arnson, director, discussed Guatemala’s role in the drug trade and recent security reforms

Drug War Invades Resort Towns as Some Struggle, Others Survive - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 13, 2013
“This type of crime, especially the sensational type, always has a negative effect on tourism,” said Christopher Wilson, a Mexico expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Task Force Urges Joint U.S.-Mexico Approach to Border - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 08, 2013
“Look at the example of drugs and weapons smuggling,” Wilson says. “There are drug demand issues on the U.S. side, but there are weapons demand issues on the Mexican side, where there are also rule-of-law issues and violence. The task force sought ways to share responsibility and work together to confront these interconnected problems.”

Sequester Cuts Aid Smugglers, Border Patrol Union Says - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 07, 2013
The cuts probably won’t dramatically increase crime or significantly compromise border security, said Chris Wilson, an associate with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, a Washington-based research group. The number of Border Patrol agents has doubled in the last decade, and illegal activity along the border between the ports of entry has fallen.

Mexico: Taking down "The Teacher" - Mexico Institute in the News (Video)

Mar 07, 2013
Known as La Maestra or 'The Teacher', Gordillo headed the National Union of Education Workers or SNTE, which is estimated to have 1.5 million members. Christopher Wilson spoke to AlJazeera about her recent arrest.

Mexico’s booming auto parts business - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 07, 2013
“The businesses that are affected by security issues are generally the small businesses, the mom-and-pop operations,” says Christopher Wilson, an economist at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute. “If someone is going to try to extort a business, they’re not going after a company like Audi that has layers of protection.”

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