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

The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Christopher S. Ljungquist places last week’s arrest in the wider context of Mexico’s changing drug war.

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

Revolutionary Institutional Party

The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Christ Ljungquist examines how Mexico’s recent elections will impact the country’s bloody and long-running war on the cartels.   

FARC Weakened, But Far From Dead

FARC Civil War Colombia

FARC has been severely hit by the killing of its leader Alfonso Cano, but it has proven to be a resilient and adaptive insurgent movement and is unlikely to demobilize any time soon. For the Colombian conflict to be resolved, political measures will be crucial.

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


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.

Russia Pushes for Counter-Narcotics Front

Bee pollinates flower

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev prepares to make an appearance at the NATO summit taking place November 19-20, Russian officials are pushing for the Alliance to demonstrate a greater spirit of cooperation with Moscow in combating drug production in Afghanistan.

FARC: down but not out

FARC troops

Mono Joyjoy's death does not mark the end of the FARC but a significant evolutionary step toward what the organization is becoming: a disconnected grouping of smaller organizations all focused on the drug trade.

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