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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…

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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…


PRD Secretary General  Pedro Miguel Gonzalez has tested US-Panamanian and inner party relations. What explains his continued rise?

PANAMA: Anti-US Politician Maintains Leading Political Role, Threatens US Bi-lateral Relations and Jeopardizes Upcoming Presidential Election

Two decades ago, Pedro Miguel Gonzalez assaulted an unprovoked US military vehicle during US occupancy of the Panama Canal Zone. The attack critically wounded one US serviceman and murdered another. Now, Gonzalez…


Many local and international entities are advocating for "peace" in Venezuela. But definitions of "peace" vary significantly. Photo (c) Globovision 2016

VENEZUELA Economic-Political Crisis: International Mediation Efforts amid Local Miscommunication and Distrust

Dialogue facilitators between the Venezuelan government and opposition have called to “stop the campaign of public disqualification” to advance the process that seeks to reverse its political and economic crisis. “We…




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…