Drug War

Is the Merida Initiative Working?

Escrito por  |  21 / July / 2015

Now is a good time to examine a key question: Is Merida working? In light of the reality on the ground for many in Mexico (upwards of 130,000 have been killed in the country since December 2006, the year former President Felipé Calderón launched his drug war) the answer may seem obvious, and the question at best redundant, at worst perverse.

7 Reasons to Scrap the $1 Billion Aid Package to Central America

Escrito por  |  30 / June / 2015

We are a group of social scientists with decades of research experience with the very populations targeted in Biden’s plan. We are painfully aware that Central America’s rural and urban poor need support. But Biden’s package is guaranteed to deepen—not alleviate—the problems faced by Central America’s poor majority.

DEA Scandals Signal End of an Era

Escrito por  |  4 / May / 2015

The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Word Is Out: The U.S. Once Again Leads the World in Arms Sales

Escrito por  |  20 / April / 2015

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual assessment of the global arms trade, and the United States once again has the dubious distinction on coming in at the number-one spot.

Civil Society Organizations Speak Out on US Central America Plan

Escrito por  |  10 / April / 2015

The militarization of citizen security has contributed to systematic human rights abuses while harmful, private- and foreign-investor-led “development” policies continue to dispossess communities of their lands and livelihoods… Therefore, we call for robust, participatory and democratic processes of consultation with the population to be carried out before moving forward.

Crackdown on Kids

Escrito por  |  31 / March / 2015

Less than a year after the crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States, Washington has come up with its policy response to the children’s plight. Unfortunately, while purporting to address the root causes of migration, it mirrors — and in many ways intensifies — the causes that forced so many to flee.

José Mujica, from armed struggle to the presidency

Escrito por  |  18 / March / 2015

In-depth interview with the unique South American president, from the CIP Americas Program.