Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean at a glance

Military & Police Aid $568,680,000 (2016)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $1,577,245,000 (2016)
Trainees 1,289 (2015)
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Latin America and the Caribbean

Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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9/26/16 | Fact Sheets
Defense Bill Breakdown: Key Military Aid Issues in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 seeks to make numerous changes to existing Department of Defense security assistance policy and authorities. This infographic attempts to show you the important differences between the House and Senate versions. Portions of the NDAA...

9/20/16 | Publications
La Violencia en El Salvador: No Hay Una Solución Sencilla

El Salvador cerr el año 2015 con 6,657 homicidios, reemplazando a Honduras como la capital mundial del homicidio. Con esta cifra el país promedia diariamente más de 18 asesinatos, lo que representa un incremento del 70 por ciento en comparación al año anterior, y la convierte en la...

8/12/16 | Publications
El Salvador's Violence: No Easy Way Out

What we found was evidence of a grim, multisided confict with no clear end in sight: Gangs are now present in each of the country’s 14 regional departments, controlling entire neighborhoods and imposing untold violence and fear on the population. The Salvadoran government developed a relatively...



10/24/16 | News
Colombia, Rebels to Negotiate New Peace Pact in Cuba
A government negotiating team meets with rebel commanders in Cuba on Saturday to try and draft a new peace agreement that would be palatable to all sides in this increasingly polarized country, the government’s lead negotiator said in an interview.
10/24/16 | News
Mexico Arrests Ex-Chief of Police in City Where 43 Students Disappeared
Mexico’s federal police on Friday arrested a fugitive former municipal police chief who is a major figure in the investigation into the disappearance of 43 college students in September 2014.
10/21/16 | News
The Air Force Is Turning Old F-16 Fighters Into Drones
The U.S. Air Force is turning obsolete F-16 Fighting Falcons into drones used for target practice, a longstanding tradition as older planes age out. The drones will also be sold abroad under the Foreign Military Sales program, the Pentagon's clearinghouse for sales to foreign countries.

Upcoming Dates

10/24/16 | Event

Please join us for the inaugural event of the CSIS Aerospace Security Project. This panel discussion will explore how the U.S. military can better leverage commercial space capabilities and what policy measures can be taken to support a thriving U.S. commercial space industry.
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10/27/16 | Event

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to an event with Mexico's National Security Commissioner, Renato Sales Heredia.

11/01/16 | Event

Almost 10 years after the Mexican government first deployed federal armed forces to combat organized crime, the Mexican people have suffered as atrocities and impunity reign. Based on three years of research conducted in close cooperation with other Mexican human rights organizations, the Open...