Crime News

Latin American Program in the News: As Colombian Drug Gangs Collapse, Mexican Cartels Get Tons of Cheap Coke

Apr 11, 2013
This article covers a working brief by Daniel Rico on the weakening of the Colombian organized crime and drug-trafficking groups, Bacrim, and the transfer of power to Mexican cartels.

Latin American Program in the News: Debilidad institucional vulnera guerra contra narcotráfico en Honduras

Apr 10, 2013
The Latin American Program was mentioned for its publication of "Organizaciones de Tráfico de drogas en Centroamérica: Transportistas, Carteles Mexicanos y Maras," which identified the nexus between the Sinaloa Cartel and criminal organizations within Honduras. (In Spanish)

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.

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