Tag Archives: Guatemala

Reducing the urge to flee in Central America

This column makes the case that reducing violence and improving public safety in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will do much more to ease the immigration pressure at the U.S. border than the approach adopted by the current administration, which … Continue reading

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Policing in Latin America

This new report summarizes the state of policing throughout Latin America and considers prospects for transformation over the next decade. It cites demilitarization as the main accomplishment so far, but reform overall has been weak — “The result is a police … Continue reading

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Maintaining reforms in Guatemala

This article provides a detailed analysis of the situation in Guatemala, where the government is threatening to end its participation in the internationally-sponsored Commission Against Impunity (CICIG), saying it interferes with the country’s sovereignty, while critics say that elites and … Continue reading

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Life and death of a Mexican hitman

This article from the International Crisis Group gives an inside look at drugs and murder in Michoacán, Mexico. The violent interplay among cartels, soldiers, police, and vigilantes is confusing, chaotic, and deadly — “the blurring of lines between state and organised … Continue reading

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Backsliding in Guatemala

This column draws attention to troubling developments in Guatemala. International groups that have aided post-conflict anti-corruption reform are being denied access and professional leadership of the police has been “decapitated.” The column describes “what appears to be a concerted attack … Continue reading

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Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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Most murderous cities

This article and map identify the world’s 50 deadliest cities in 2016. There is certainly a pattern — 43 are in Latin America and the Caribbean, 4 in the mainland U.S., and 3 in South Africa. Cities in Mexico, Brazil, … Continue reading

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