Security & Drug Policy

Latin America’s citizens persistently cite rising levels of violence as their main concern. Undoubtedly, developments linked to heightened insecurity and often tied to the drug trade undermine democratic processes and stunt economic growth. The Inter-American Dialogue’s work on security examines criminal trends throughout Latin America and promotes exchange between US and regional analysts, policymakers, journalists, and business leaders on how to address this growing challenge. Since 2008, the Dialogue has also worked to supply Latin American governments and nongovernmental organizations with independent analysis on current drug control policies as well as non-traditional or alternative strategies.


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Shifter: “Estados Unidos podría tener nuevos brotes de violencia.”

Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, conversó con Carolay Morales de Radio Cadena Nacional sobre las implicaciones del asalto al Capitolio en Washington, DC por parte de grupos extremistas el pasado 6 de enero. También se tocaron temas como la decisión tomada por el gobierno saliente de Donald Trump de incluir nuevamente a Cuba en la lista de países que apoyan el terrorismo.

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Rethinking Drug Policy in the Americas

On December 15, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the webinar “Rethinking Drug Policy in the Americas.” The panel discussed the report of the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission, its evaluations of US counternarcotics policy in the Americas and recommendations for its reform.

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A Conversation with Iván Duque Márquez

On November 19, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “A Conversation with Iván Duque Márquez,” welcoming back Colombian President Iván Duque for a wide-ranging discussion on his administration’s priorities and the future of the US-Colombia relationship amidst an incoming US administration.


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Biden no solo se centrará en el tráfico de drogas, en el que participan una decena de cárteles, sino en un nuevo enfoque para contener la migración ilegal de centroamericanos y mexicanos.