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Who Are the Real Targets of Bogotá’s Crackdown on Crime?

Who Are the Real Targets of Bogotá’s Crackdown on Crime?

It was just before rush hour on August 23 when the Bogotá district police and SWAT squad came for the gangs of the Cartuchito, an area with a potent illicit drug trade and open consumption of bazuco, a cocaine derivative similar to crack. Clad in anti-riot gear and armed with batons and tear gas, police were sent in to "reclaim" the area "for the citizens," the city's Department of Security later tweeted. But that was the spin.

Comments by Outgoing US Diplomat Highlight Discord on Anti-Drug Policy

Comments by Outgoing US Diplomat Highlight Discord on Anti-Drug Policy

The top US diplomat in charge of anti-drug policies abroad attempted to mend bruised relations with key Latin American partners, but instead succeeded in highlighting the confusion in Washington over how to handle drug-related security issues in the region.

Colombia Holds Its Ground in Drug War of Words with US

Colombia Holds Its Ground in Drug War of Words with US

Amid heated discord between the United States and Colombia regarding surging drug production in the South American country, Colombian officials are making it clear that they are not buckling under US pressure to harden the country's new, less draconian anti-narcotic strategies.

Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged growth in local demand in Colombia. But the evidence doesn't stack up. And these unsubstantiated notions are being used to drum up support for misguided anti-narcotic policies.

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent by calling out the anti-narcotics efforts of Colombia, potentially complicating cooperation with one of the United States' closest anti-drug allies in Latin America.

US Congress Hearing Underscores Tensions Over Colombia Peace Deal

US Congress Hearing Underscores Tensions Over Colombia Peace Deal

Criticism of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group by US officials and experts at a recent congressional hearing underscored simmering disagreements between the two close allies about how to handle one of the region's most important security issues.

Weekly InSight: Death Squads in El Salvador, Rogue Agents or State Policy?

Weekly InSight: Death Squads in El Salvador, Rogue Agents or State Policy?

In our August 31 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about recent reports of alleged death squad activity involving El Salvador police.

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.