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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A Conversation with Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso

On the heels of President Guillermo Lasso’s White House meeting with President Joe Biden on December 19, 2022, President Lasso joined Inter-American Dialogue President & CEO Rebecca Bill Chavez for a conversation about the US-Ecuador bilateral relationship.

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No hay que olvidar que la razón principal por la que Estados Unidos se metió con el Plan Colombia desde el año 2000 fue por el tema de la producción de drogas. Eso fue cierto en ese entonces y lo sigue siendo ahora. Y desafortunadamente el rasero con el que se mide el éxito o fracaso de esa estrategia, sigue siendo la cantidad de cultivos que hay en el país.
This marks the culmination of a deeply flawed US policy that failed to confront early on the criminality and corruption of the Honduran president in exchange for his cooperation on migration. It’s not a happy story, or one the United States should be proud of, but one maybe the United States will learn from.