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.


Analysis See all

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offload nearly 660 kilograms of narcotics

The Pandemic is Disrupting Organized Crime, But Not Necessarily for the Better

Covid-19 is transforming organized crime. In addition to heightening the risk of violence, the pandemic is also indirectly strengthening the social, economic, and political clout of several criminal organizations in the same way that the Italian mafia and Japanese Yakuza emerged stronger after the great dislocations of the Second World War. Crime kingpins know full well that law enforcement and criminal justice systems are overstretched, and that prisons are bursting at the seams. They also know that an economic depression is coming, which may increase the risk of violence. It is not entirely clear if governments are similarly alert.


Press Mentions See all

Temo que un paso en falso o un descuido en cualquiera de las partes, pueda originar un brote de violencia. No es sorprendente que el Gobierno de Maduro haya condenado las operaciones militares estadounidenses antes sus puertas y esté tratando de capitalizarlo y alimentando los sentimientos nacionalistas.