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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Lisa Viscidi speaks on a panel about China's involvement in the Latin American energy sector. Video

Security Challenges in Latin America

On February 25, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies held a webinar on security challenges in Latin America. Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Dialogue, spoke about China’s role in the region’s energy sector and the US response. 

Michael Shifter in his office Video

Shifter: “Estados Unidos podría tener nuevos brotes de violencia.”

Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, conversó con Carolay Morales de Radio Cadena Nacional sobre las implicaciones del asalto al Capitolio en Washington, DC por parte de grupos extremistas el pasado 6 de enero. También se tocaron temas como la decisión tomada por el gobierno saliente de Donald Trump de incluir nuevamente a Cuba en la lista de países que apoyan el terrorismo.


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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.