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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Mexico’s Security Crisis: What Lies Ahead for AMLO?

On October 10, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with the International Crisis Group based on their new report: “Building Peace in Mexico: Dilemmas Facing the López Obrador Government.” The discussion featured Ivan Briscoe and Falko Ernst from the International Crisis Group with Maureen Meyer from the Washington Office on…

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It’s difficult to pinpoint one factor as the most important [trigger for the migrant caravan], but the overall trigger is insecurity (…) The structural determinant is poor economic performance, while demand for labour in the United States and the presence of family there encourages movement.