Organized Crime News

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)

Mexico's Peña Nieto First 100 Days in Office Mixes Progress with Stagnation - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 20, 2013
“The murder rate for the first 100 days is not a good measure of a presidency,” said Christopher Wilson, an associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “You have to give some time for him to implement the policies and then some more time for the policies to take effect.”

Op-ed: Binational cooperation in security (In Spanish)

Mar 20, 2013
Informal collaborative methods are typical of the border region, in which citizens and local authorities must resolve daily problems by going beyond the official frameworks provided by their national governments.

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.

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.”

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America's Cold War History

Mar 04, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson writes a book review of Hal Brands' Latin America's Cold War History.

Latin American Program in the News: Presente y futuro del proceso de paz

Mar 04, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center and Fundación Ideas para la Paz invited Enrique Santos Calderón and Marta Ruíz to speak on the Colombian Peace Process. (In Spanish)

In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America

Mar 04, 2013
Examining the cases of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, the contributors to this timely edited volume explore how societies undergoing democratization in the aftermath of civil war can become mired in violent crime, poor governance, and illiberal political cultures.

Police Reform in Mexico: Can Trust and Security be Achieved?

Feb 21, 2013
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced widespread changes to Mexico’s federal security forces. As these changes begin to take shape, we spoke with two of Mexico’s leading experts on police reform to discuss the current state of reform efforts and the issues that the Peña Nieto government must address.

Is Mexico's war on drugs close to a real end? - Mexico Institute in the News

Feb 19, 2013
Commenting on Enrique Pena Nieto's new crime strategy, Fellow Steven Dudley said, "Certainly this speech was an attempt to check off a number of boxes and differentiate himself from the Felipe Calderon administration, which many widely viewed as a failure with regards to the fight against organized crime... These are incredibly difficult things to resolve. Putting $9 billion towards this would be a great step in a different direction, in a softer direction... However... I don't think we can expect much transparency with regards to how the money is implemented and the results that we will get from those particular programs."

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