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INFOGRAPHICS / 24 AUG 2011

A troubling new trend is surfacing in Mexico's fight against organized crime: deaths in confrontations between Mexican military personnel and suspected criminals are skyrocketing. The rise could mean…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 18 AUG 2011

Mexico's current unprecedented level of cooperation in extraditing organized crime suspects to the U.S. is good news in the short term, but could build stronger ties between U.S. prison…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 18 AUG 2011

The U.S. has announced plans to give direct aid, including police training, to local and state-level authorities in Mexico.

DRUG POLICY / 17 AUG 2011

From Mexico to Brazil, sending the army to areas overrun by organized crime has become the default government response. However, this often does little to alter the criminal landscape in…

COLOMBIA / 16 AUG 2011

Why are there no large drug cartels in the U.S.? The short answer is because it has lots of small ones. A longer answer might be that there are large…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 11 AUG 2011

In a sign of the increasing level of security cooperation between the two countries, an elite United States military unit known as the Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) is training Mexican…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 8 AUG 2011

With the U.S. set to deepen its role in Mexico’s “drug war” and the 2012 elections fast approaching, the Merida Initiative will likely become a political football. Just three years…

DRUG POLICY / 26 JUL 2011

The U.S. government has unveiled a "new" strategy against transnational organized crime which is vintage Obama: long on politically correct rhetoric, short on actual policy changes.

DRUG POLICY / 22 JUL 2011

A leaked internal report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the arrests and deaths of Mexican kingpins have no bearing on the flow of drugs into…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 10 JUN 2011

Washington has paid out billions of dollars to contractors for counternarcotics operations in Latin America in recent years -- but a recent review reveals that these funds are poorly monitored,…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 7 JUN 2011

The Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars' Mexico Institute working paper on how media reports focus on the security aspects of Mexico, particularly organized crime, at the expense of…

HOMICIDES / 5 JUN 2011

A look at official homicide statistics provides further evidence for the theory that violence rises in parts of Mexico where the government has sent in the military to fight drug…

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Environmental and Academic Praise

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InSight Crime’s six-part series on the plunder of the Peruvian Amazon continues to inform the debate on environmental security in the region. Our Environmental Crimes Project Manager, María Fernanda Ramírez,…

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Series on Plunder of Peru’s Amazon Makes Headlines

10 JUN 2022

Since launching on June 2, InSight Crime’s six-part series on environmental crime in Peru’s Amazon has been well-received. Detailing the shocking impunity enjoyed by those plundering the rainforest, the investigation…

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Duarte’s Death Makes Waves

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The announcement of the death of Gentil Duarte, one of the top dissident commanders of the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), continues to reverberate in Venezuela and Colombia.

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Cattle Trafficking Acclaim, Investigation into Peru’s Amazon 

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On May 18, InSight Crime launched its most recent investigation into cattle trafficking between Central America and Mexico. It showed precisely how beef, illicitly produced in Honduras, Guatemala…

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Coverage of Fallen Paraguay Prosecutor Makes Headlines

20 MAY 2022

The murder of leading anti-crime prosecutor, Marcelo Pecci, while on honeymoon in Colombia, has drawn attention to the evolution of organized crime in Paraguay. While 17 people have been arrested…