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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AMLO se sintió cómodo con las relaciones con EEUU bajo (el expresidente Donald) Trump, quien ignoró el historial del gobierno mexicano en cuanto a derechos humanos, corrupción y seguridad. La Administración Biden ha generado malestar en el gobierno de AMLO por presionar por más resultados en la lucha anti-corrupción y lo más probable es que avance con cautela porque a Washington le conviene más tener la cooperación de México en materia migratoria.  
This is a different Northern Triangle than Biden had to deal with as vice president, which was already very troubled. The crises are deeper in almost every respect than when he dealt with this in 2014.