After a string of early victories, the future of the Commission Against Impunity for Corruption in Guatemala is very much in question.
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.
Policymakers are still playing catch-up with recent advances in narco submarine technology.
What does last week’s arrest mean in the wider context of Mexico’s changing drug war?
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.
Examining how Mexico’s recent elections will impact the country’s bloody and long-running war on the cartels.
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 international effort to combat the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons faces numerous challenges, the most notable of which is globalisation itself.
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.
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.