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Stamping out the illicit trade would be a boon for Latin America’s cash-strapped governments, still reeling from the slowdown of the commodity super cycle. Photo (c) Cubasi 2017

OP-ED: CORRUPTION: Big Tobacco Feeds Latin American Corruption

By Isabela Fernandez; originally published at International Policy Digest – Just how widespread is corruption in Latin America? A recent Transparency International study lays bare the region’s worrying trend, with most countries…

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Latin America cannot be properly understood without the mixture of heritages from all over the world. Photo (c)  The Economist 2015

LATIN AMERICA: Identity and Dual Citizenship

Migration is a deeply entrenched concept within Latin America. Whether it is people crossing a border to establish themselves in a foreign land or a State receiving an influx of…


The ELN not only offers an example of religion and terrorism's relationship, but also how economic desperateness can uproot organizational foundation. Photo (c) El Colombiano 2017

COLOMBIA: ELN as Telling Case Study for Religion & Terrorism’s 21st Century Relationship Status

A famous dialogue segment from The Godfather II captures the distinct power of rebel organizations from general crime counterparts. In the Cuba-themed scene, mafioso Michael Corleone recounts to investor ally,…


When a lemon-in-the-eyes social experiment symbolizes the prospective hope yet logical reservation of one terrorist organizations' transition into peace. Photo (c) Semana 2016; FARC logo artistically  added.

COLOMBIA: Reconciling Post-War Terrorists – Contextualizing the New FARC in History’s Shadow

Colombian journalist Daniel Samper recently conducted a light-hearted YouTube challenge…with FARC leader Jesus Santrich. Participating in a viral stunt, it involved squeezing lemon juice into their eyes and seeing who endured…


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…


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…





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…