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The Dialogue’s work on security examines trends of crime and violence throughout Latin America and promotes exchange between US and regional analysts, policymakers, journalists, and business leaders on how to address this growing challenge. Our security work involves two main projects:
The Dialogue's initiative on security and migration in Central America and Mexico is developing a joint program with leading research centers in the region on two of the most important challenges their countries now face: (1) the threats posed by escalating crime and violence, and (2) the failure of governments to address the political, social, and security problems emerging from continued illegal migration flows to the United States.
Michael Shifter, President
Peter Hakim, President Emeritus
Manuel Orozco, Senior Associate/Director of Remittances and Development Program
Joan Caivano, Deputy to the President/Director Special Projects
Kimberly Covington, Program Associate
Rachel Schwartz, Program Associate
For more information, please contact Rachel Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
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ARTICLES, OP-EDS, & PUBLICATIONS
- "Organized Crime and Insecurity in Belize," by Julie López, Inter-American Dialogue Working Paper, January 2013.
- Peace Now? Mexican Security Policy after Felipe Calderón, by Alejandro Hope, January 3, 2013.
- "Security in Nicaragua: Central America's Exception?" by Roberto Cajina, Inter-American Dialogue Working Paper, January 2013. (español)
- "Totonicapán: A Familiar Tale with Hope for an Unlikely Outcome," by Anita Isaacs and Rachel Schwartz, Americas Quarterly, October 29, 2012.
- "Democracy in Progress: El Salvador's Unfinished Transition," by Michael Shifter and Rachel Schwartz, World Politics Review, September 25, 2012.
- "El Salvador Gang Truce Raises Troubling Questions for Region," by Rachel Schwartz, World Politics Review, May 11, 2012.
- EUA debe aportar a C.A. $600 milliones, interview with Michael Shifter, La Prensa Gráfica, May 21, 2012.
- Military Aid is Unattractive, but Unavoidable, by Michael Shifter, The New York Times, May 8, 2012.
- Regional coordination, US commitment needed to fight crime, by Michael Shifter, Nicaragua Dispatch, April 15, 2012.
- Countering Criminal Violence in Central America, by Michael Shifter, Council on Foreign Relations, April 2012.
- The Security Situation in Latin America, by Gino Costa, Latin America Working Group Paper, February 2012. (español)
MORE PROGRAM ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS
IN THE PRESS
- El infierno se mudó al Triángulo del Norte, Michael Shifter in Excelsior, February 11, 2013.
- Panamá tiene la tercera tasa de homicidios más baja, La Prensa, February 4, 2013.
- Belice, paraíso del narcotráfico; territorio de Zetas y Maras, El Excelsior, January 28, 2013.
- Landmark U.S. Immigration Framework Heavy on Border Security, Manuel Orozco in IPS, January 28, 2013.
- Central American peace accord celebrates 25 years, but has it brought peace? Michael Shifter in The Christian Science Monitor, August 7, 2012.
- DEA brings deadly force to Honduras, Michael Shifter in The Alaska Dispatch, July 16, 2012.
- US cancels transparency waiver, Michael Shifter in The Nicaraguan Dispatch, June 21, 2012.
- Honduran, US relations overcome deadly drug trade, Michael Shifter in CNN, June 10, 2012.
- Mexico-US Relations and Hemispheric Challenges: A Conversation with Ambassador Arturo Sarukhán, November 14, 2012.
- Third Meeting of Initiative on Security and Migration in Central America and Mexico, Managua, Nicaragua, October 25-26, 2012. (report forthcoming)
- Panama: Beyond the Canal, co-sponsored with CSIS, September 14, 2012.
- 25 Years Since the Esquipulas Agreement: Opportunities and Challenges in Central America, co-sponsored with the OAS and Center for International Policy, August 14, 2012.
- CFR Roundtable: Countering Criminal Violence, with Michael Shifter and Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez, May 2, 2012.
- Journalists at Risk in Central America: What Can Be Done? April 27, 2012.
- Countering Criminal Violence in Central America: US Policy Responses, April 26, 2012.
Foreign and Domestic Policy in El Salvador: A Conversation with Hugo Martínez, Foreign Minister of El Salvador, April 23, 2012.
- Congressional staff roundtable: Countering Criminal Violence in Central America with Michael Shifter, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, April 13, 2012.
- Análisis de la visita de Barack Obama a México y CA, Interview with Michael Shifter, Esta Noche, May 2, 2013.
- "Seguridad Ciudadana y Agenda de Cooperación con EEUU," interview with Michael Shifter, Esta Semana, October 28, 2012.
- Criminal Violence in Central America, interview with Michael Shifter, Voice of America, May 11, 2012.
- Cold War Redux? Politics and Crime in Central America, Interview with Michael Shifter, Kojo Nnamdi Show, November 14, 2011.
- Dos retos en la región para EE.UU, Interview with Michael Shifter, Voice of America, November 9, 2011.
- Obama reconocerá a El Salvador como un socio clave en América Central, Interview with Michael Shifter, El Mundo, February 10, 2011.