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Guatemala’s Establishment Fights Back against UN-Backed Corruption Board

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After a string of early victories, the future of the Commission Against Impunity for Corruption in Guatemala is very much in question.

Honduran President Begins Second Term amid Scandal, Unrest

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez signs the guest book during his visit to the Department of State, March 21, 2017. [State Department photo/Public Domain]

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández has been sworn in after a period of widespread unrest. His first order of business will be to deflect the mounting corruption allegations hounding his administration.

The Criminal and Terrorist Threat of Narco Submarine Technology

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Policymakers are still playing catch-up with recent advances in narco submarine technology.

Calderon, Nieto, and One less Zeta: Recent Shifts in the Mexican Drug War

Mexican President

What does last week’s arrest mean in the wider context of Mexico’s changing drug war?

Mexican Cartel War: Profiling an Unorthodox Insurgency

Mexican Soldiers

The Mexican state is fighting powerful and multiple atypical insurgencies, armed with virtually unlimited access to firearms, including anti-aircraft batteries, and funded by an export trade in illegal narcotics worth billions of dollars.

Mexican Elections, Terrorism, and the PRI: Cartel War in Flux?

Revolutionary Institutional Party

Examining how Mexico’s recent elections will impact the country’s bloody and long-running war on the cartels.

Latin America’s Security Dilemma

Latin America criminal networks threaten security

Across Latin America, governments are hailing security gains against organized criminal groups. Yet in spite of more arrests, criminal networks are stronger and criminality just as pervasive, suggesting that another reality lies behind the numbers.

The Illicit Trade Of Small Arms

bullets

The international effort to combat the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons faces numerous challenges, the most notable of which is globalisation itself.

Mexico: Assassins on the ‘Cheap’

Mass weapons and assassin

Hired assassins in Mexico are willing to work for suppressed wages not so much out of economic desperation but because murder-for-hire has proven to be a gateway to more lucrative criminal activity. Factor in the uncontrollable flow of arms and the unlikelihood of criminal prosecution, and the assassination business is booming.

Legalization the Next Step in Mexico?

A resident lights a candle on the steps of a church in memory of Edelmiro Cavazos, mayor of the tourist town of Santiago

The appearance of four bodies hanging from a bridge in Cuernavaca serves as a grim reminder that Mexico’s drug war is far from over.

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