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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The Covid-19 Pandemic and Prison Policy in Latin America

On April 14, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the online event “The Covid-19 Pandemic and Prison Policy in Latin America”. The panel discussed a new report published by the Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program and authored by María Luisa Romero, Luisa Stalman, and Azul Hidalgo Solá, which examined how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted prison policies in Latin America.


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The history of US military intervention in Haiti has not been an altogether happy one. The request for troops is probably not widely shared in Haitian society, which has grown skeptical of the role of external actors in national affairs. While the situation compels some involvement, sending US troops to stabilize the situation would be very risky and would likely result in a longer-term engagement.   
El historial de Estados Unidos en Haití no es muy feliz, y cualquier despliegue militar sería recibido con un escepticismo generalizado en la sociedad haitiana. Hay poco interés y apoyo para enviar tropas estadounidenses, especialmente a la luz de la reciente retirada de Afganistán. Si bien el presidente Biden quiere volver a comprometerse con el mundo, ha dejado en claro que Estados Unidos no debe estar en el negocio de la construcción de una nación y que la atención y los recursos deben concentrarse en la desalentadora agenda interna.