GameChangers 2022

GAMECHANGERS / 22 DEC 2022


To explore and reveal the most important criminal trends of the past year, InSight Crime presents its six-part Criminal GameChangers series, with specific chapters dedicated to the rising influence of the Chapitos in Mexico; the impact of El Salvador’s savage, if popular, crackdown; the bold roll of the dice made by Colombia’s new president; and the consolidation of power in the hands of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro.

Chapter 1

GameChangers 2022: ‘Pink Cocaine,’ Cross-Border Battles, and the Frustrating Fight Against Mafia States

COLOMBIA / 22 DEC 2022

InSight Crime's GameChangers 2022 looks back at the most consequential criminal stories across Latin America this year.

Chapter 2

GameChangers 2022: How the Chapitos Became Hyper-Capitalist Narcos

CHAPITOS / 23 DEC 2022

The Chapitos are winning the internal war for the Sinaloa Cartel and doing it in a different way than their father ever considered.

Chapter 3

GameChangers 2022: El Salvador's Gang Crackdown Has Steep Human Rights Cost

BARRIO 18 / 26 DEC 2022

El Salvador's ruthless gang crackdown has led to mass incarceration and human rights abuses. But will it be replicated elsewhere?…

Chapter 4

GameChangers 2022: Maduro Seeks to Be Venezuela’s Criminal Kingmaker

EX-FARC MAFIA / 27 DEC 2022

After a tough few years for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, 2022 was spent reinforcing his power in the political and criminal realms.

Chapter 5

GameChangers 2022: Could 'Total Peace' Lead to Disarmament of Colombia's Armed Groups?

COLOMBIA / 28 DEC 2022

Colombian President Gustavo Petro's Total Peace plan faces a very tough road ahead. Can over 20 criminal groups really all commit to peace?…

Chapter 6

GameChangers 2022: Drug Bonanza Amid Prohibition Challenges in 2023

BOLIVIA / 29 DEC 2022

The US is losing allies in Latin America just as production of cocaine, fentanyl, and other synthetic drugs is going through the roof.

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