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Latin America's complex populism experience is often overlooked. Those countering it in Europe, the US and elsewhere would be wise to consider it. Photo (c) Urgente 24 2007

POLITICS: US, Lat Am & EU Populism: Still Expanding Horizons  

(Cross-Posted article by Elmer Hernandez from PGW Global and International Policy Digest) – Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have provided a rude awakening for many in Europe who had ignored the…

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Too much red tape can do more bad than good to developing societies. Crime and inequality can become one hefty price to pay. Photo (c) Flavia Gandolfi / Institute for Liberty and Democracy 2000

ECONOMY / SECURITY: An Economic Answer to Terrorism: Re-Visiting De Soto’s “The Other Path”

After nearly two decades in print, the fundamental pillars of Peruvian economist and ex-political adviser Hernando de Soto’s bestseller, The Other Path, continues to resonate with modern economic security affairs. His argument…



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…





Latin America was a major battleground during the Cold War, as the United States and the USSR competed to establish economic and political influence. Photo (c) El Mañana
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HISTORY: LATIN AMERICA: Shaped by Foreign Power Struggles

(Cross-posted article by Zarif Ahmed from Young Diplomats) – Before the emergence of independent Latin American states, the region saw roughly 300 years of Iberian colonization. Near the end of…


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…




The lessons ex-Dictator Noriega's life taught about power dynamics in an era of increasing globalization are timeless...for better and for worst. Photo (c) La Opinion Panama 2011

LEADERSHIP ANALYSIS: PANAMA: General Noriega’s Death: The Closing – or Opening of a New – “Chapter in History”?

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela described former Dictator Manuel Noriega’s death following a complicated surgery at 83-years-old as the “end of a chapter in history”. Yet what the General’s life taught…




Calderon: “In my opinion, both Mexico and the rest of Latin America have to work to strengthen their democracy, the substantial reduction of poverty and the judicial system that allows more effective control of drug cartel operations and organized crime and that will increasingly respect the integrity of the population.” Photo (c) Retratos de una Busqueda 2017

MEXICO: A Journalist’s War on Narco-Trafficking & Human Rights Violations amid the Trump Era

By Joe Wallen, interviewing Alicia Calderon – Benito Juárez, President of Mexico between 1861-72, famously said: “Among individuals as among nations, the respect to other people’s rights is peace”. It…




Barbaro: "These anti-liberal policies seemed to be the solution to underdevelopment in South America, but were the opposite." Photo (c) Centro Tampa 2017

OP-ED: POLITICS: Can Leftist Populism be Defeated in South America?

(Cross-posted article by Facundo Barbaro; Young Diplomats) – The latest elections and polls led the world to believe that the depleted and drifting leftist governments of the region were about to…



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…