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Latin American Program in the News: World's Most Powerful Drug Dealer Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Makes A Mockery Of U.S. Law Enforcement

Nov 20, 2013
In an interview with Forbes.com, Eric Olson discusses the recent discovery of yet another 'super tunnel' from Mexico into the United States and what it means regarding the evolution of cartels in Mexico.

Latin American Program in the News: La política de la seguridad ciudadana

Nov 14, 2013
Wilson Center scholar Lucía Dammert authors an opinion piece for Informe Regional de Desarrollo Humano about the criminal phenomenon in Latin America, and how the daily lives of Latin Americans are impacted by ineffectual government and a rising crime rate. She discusses the need for political change in order to achieve citizen security in the region. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: Blackwell, OEA: "no es aceptable que un marero utilice tecnología desde los penales"

Oct 31, 2013
Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States, discusses ideas presented by him and other speakers at the Latin American Program's event "What Happens When Governments Negotiate with Criminal Networks? Case Studies from the Americas." This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: Presentan propuestas para atender seguridad ciudadana

Oct 01, 2013
This article discusses a recent forum held by the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (CCIAP) on the challenges and future prospects of citizen security in the region. Wilson Center Visiting Expert, Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara, whose expertise is in security and organized crime, presented on the subject of “Citizen Security: Challenges Ahead”. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: Secretario General de la OEA participó en mesa redonda sobre los nuevos enfoques en la política de drogas organizada por Misión de Uruguay

Sep 17, 2013
This press release, from the Organization of American States, recaps a roundtable that the Uruguayan Mission hosted with regional experts about a new focus on drug politics. Director Cynthia Arnson discussed the high correlation between the number of homicides and a large drug trafficking presence in a given area. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: Kerry in Colombia

Aug 27, 2013
Cynthia Arnson's interview on HuffPost Live about the challenges of the Colombian peace process and the difficulties of obtaining Colombian security stability.

Drug gang violence: Very bad things are happening in Honduras

Aug 13, 2013
This article on drug-related gang violence in Honduras and the region quotes Eric Olson.

Op-Eds and Media Highlights: Summer 2013

Jul 31, 2013
See op-eds and select media appearances for our staff, scholars, and affiliates.

Latin American Program in the News: "Efecto cucaracha" en bandas de región C.A.

Jul 26, 2013
This article on organized crime groups in Central America extensively cites the Latin America Program’s report, “The Criminal Diaspora,” edited by Juan Carlos Garzón and Eric Olson. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: After kingpin’s capture, new battlegrounds emerge along Texas-Mexico border

Jul 26, 2013
This article on the effects of the capture of Zetas leader quotes Eric Olson and Gema Santamaría, one of the contributing authors of our most recent publication, The Criminal Diaspora.

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