Regional Issues

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…


New business ventures exemplifies that though ties have changed, Russia certainly continues to see Venezuela as an asset. Photo (c) Panorama 2017

OP-ED: INTERNATIONAL: Russia & Venezuela: From Allies to Patronage?

By W. Alex Sánchez and Brittney Figueroa; originally published on International Policy Digest – Venezuela’s political and economic meltdown continues while President Nicolas Maduro’s priority is to remain in power. Meanwhile,…



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…


The current political instability in South America could spread to neighboring countries and end in a full blown economic and financial crisis.
 Photo (c) CNN 2016

SOUTH AMERICA: Political Instability and Impending Crisis?

By Dr. Vince Hooper – The current political instability in South America could spread to neighboring countries and end in a full blown economic and financial crisis. South America’s problems…


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…


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…





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…


US Senator Ted Cruz's (R-TX) El Chapo Act hypothetically aims to make problems fund their solutions. Photo (c) Primera Hora 2016

US / MEXICO: Crossing Cruz: El Chapo Act’s Proposal to Alchemize Drug Violence Assets into National Security Innovation

The recent arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman reminds the world of multinational criminal fluidity and symbiosis. Narco-commercial demand originating from the United States fuels illicit activities…