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While Mexico and Colombia take the traditional narco-trafficking spotlight, Argentina is on the quiet rise. Photo (c) Gendarmeria Nacional Argentina 2017

SECURITY: ARGENTINA: A New Narco Hub

In a nutshell, Mexican and Colombian drug cartels may occupy a narco-spotlight for the United States and Europe, yet are by no means alone. Investigative journalists Virginia Messi and Juan Manuel…

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Dr. Solheim: Latin America's lacking criminal justice systems, political leadership, and socioeconomic inequality aggravate its security problem. Photo (c) La Prensa Honduras 2013

SECURITY: Latin America’s Problem: What to Expect and What Should be Done  

By Dr. Håvar Solheim; University lecturer Modern History; Department of Latin American Studies; Leiden University – For years Latin America has been profiled as one of the most violent regions in…


High commodity prices and mineral royalties increased government revenue. Extra money was invested in education, healthcare, and social-assistance programs. Photo (c) Shale Seguro 207

ECONOMY: The Limited Resilience of South America’s Commodity Boom

(By Barbara Hogenboom and Marjo de Theije) – In the last decade, South America has seen substantial economic growth combined with impressive social progress. While the surge in social spending…



Since many South American nations have dollar driven debts, the fact that the U.S dollar is expected to remain strong in the immediate future, many governments will struggle to pay their debt fees and experience a decline in budget revenues.

POLITICS: South American Geopolitical Forecast of 2017

By Vincent Lofaso – In South America, the geopolitical prospects differ between countries. Some nations will focus on deterring criminal syndications and settle peace deals with rebel forces while others…




Colombian cartels should be regarded as major International corporations with strong governmental links. Photo (c) Young Diplomats 2016

SECURITY: How Does a Narco-State Work?

(By Rosario Hernandez; Young Diplomats): A Narco-State, by definition, is an area or government that is involved in drug trafficking directly or indirectly. It varies from having a figure as important…




From former guerillas and journalists, to novela stars and models, Latin American first ladies come in all shapes, sizes and strategy emphasis, thus highlighting the multiple ways female presence and advisement have helped shaped government.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Soft Power: Latin American First Ladies in Presidential Strategy

From former guerillas and journalists, to novela stars and models, Latin American first ladies come in all shapes, sizes and strategy emphasis, thus highlighting the multiple ways female presence and…



As western media concentrates on the US firearms debate, Panama offers an also telling case study. Photo (c) Ailana Navarez ; Pulsamerica 2016 ft. ex-Deputy Yassir Purcait ; Balboa Gun Club

PANAMA: Plata, Plomo y la Politica: Fighting the War on Firearms and Corruption

Economic crisis brings history changing implications. Each country handles insecurity, political tensions, and corruption distinctly. Survival is of mutual interest. When it comes to survivalist crisis management, Panama is a…



How do telenovelas - idols of entertainment and popular culture - exist in the name of agendas they attempt to escape? - Photos (c) (left to right) La Reina del Sur, El Chavo del Ocho, Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso, Narcos, Muñeca Brava, Hasta Que Te Conocí, Yo Soy Betty la Fea

EDITOR’S NOTES: The Economic and Political Power of Telenovelas

How do telenovelas – idols of entertainment and popular culture – exist in the name of agendas they attempt to escape? As the popularity of Latin American telenovelas expand into…




Uribe and his followers have made careers out of the Colombian civil war. How willing are they to end it?

LEADERSHIP ANALYSIS: Plata o Plomo – The Origins of Uribe’s Anti-Peace Process Agenda

Outspoken Colombian Ex-President Alvaro Uribe’s call for civil resistance against the Santos government-FARC peace process in Havana during its final stages must be interpreted through various contextual circumstances, principally via economic, political but perhaps…


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SECURITY: Old Drug War vs. New Counter-Strategies

The modern geopolitics of Latin America’s on-going Drug War highlights the impact of different strategies on combating – and surviving – a war against all odds. The illegal drug trade…