Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Coping with (In)Security

Crime has been on the rise in the region, affecting investment, politics and security, and drawing militaries into the mix. Now, communities, businesses, governments, and regional institutions are pushing back.


  • Swimming Against the Tide

    by Jason Marczak
    Panorama: Fall 2007
  • We're All in This Together

    by Admiral Jim Stavridis
    The head of U.S. Southern Command asseses the unconventional security threats facing the region, ranging from narcotics and gang violence to terrorism. The solution, he argues, is hemisphere-wide cooperation.
    Full text available.
  • Civic Innovator: Jesús Aguais, U.S.

    by Ryan Berger
    Available online soon.
  • Interview (Fall 2007)

    by Leah Serinsky
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper explains why his government is getting serious about Latin America.
    Available online soon.
  • The Mugging of Latin America

    by Clifford Young
    Surveys demonstrate citizens feel threatened by crime as never before. But when it happens to you, the statistics become personal. Are politicians paying heed?
  • Risky Business

    by Lorraine Orlandi
    Crime is cutting into business profits and GDP growth. Instead of running away from the problem, entrepreneurs around the region are coming up with creative ways of tackling it.
  • Demystifying the Maras

    by Rafael Fernández de Castro and Gema Santamaría
    Central America's murderous youth gangs have become handy media symbols for a new transnational threat. A closer look suggests the media may be wrong.
  • The Reinvention of Latin American Militaries

    by Miguel Angel Centeno
    Many of the region's militaries are changing their roles in ways that have kept them out of trouble at home but are raising troubling new questions.
  • Seguridad Nacional, Inc.

    by Marcela Donadio
    Do the spreading business interests of the armed forces represent new threats to the region's economic and political development? Plus: Crime and official denial in Venezuela; Chile's success in justice reform; improving security in Bogota; battling narcotics traffickers in Nicaragua; and reducing the murder rate in Diadema, Brazil.
  • Fixing Social Security in Latin America (Again)

    by Shannon O'Neil
    Rising discontent over the shortcomings of private systems has put pension reform back on the agenda. Here are a few pointers to make sure the next round fares better.

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