Resources - Policy Statements

NGOs and Academia

Below are key statements from non-novernmental or academic analyses related to the U.S. defense and security assistance to the rest of the world. 

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Monday, September 14, 2015
A sweeping new report by 17 organizations across Latin America, the United States and Canada calls attention to how drug policies have infringed on human rights. The study covers a wide range of issues, from lengthy prison sentences for minor drug offenders to prohibitive drug policies that run counter to international human rights and highlights how harsh drug policies often have a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable sectors of society.English
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Central America Regional
South America Regional
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International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement
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Letter to the State Department on Reduced Oversight of Private Security Activities Abroad

Monday, September 14, 2015
On July 31, 2015, the Center for International Policy and the Washington Office on Latin America sent a letter to the State Department raising concerns about their proposed rule change to the definition of defense services as published on June 3, 2015. The letter describes some of the key U.S. private security contractor activities abroad that would no longer be controlled by the State Department with the proposed rule and offers suggestions on how to improve the proposed definition.English
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Global
Program(s): 
Direct Commercial Sales
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Friday, September 11, 2015
Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State examines the elements of that failure, and offers recommendations for change. The result of over two years of research and analysis by Mexican and international experts, and coproduced with Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan and the Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez, this report provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the structural deficiencies of Guerrero’s justice system—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.English
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Mexico
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Friday, September 4, 2015
Facing serious crises in the Middle East and beyond, Washington is again turning to foreign aid to help advance urgent short-term security and political priorities. English
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Global
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Friday, September 4, 2015
The United States and Mexico have apprehended nearly 1 million Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran migrants since 2010, deporting more than 800,000 of them, including more than 40,000 children. While the United States led in pace and number of apprehensions of Central Americans in 2010-2014, Mexico pulled ahead in 2015. Amid increasingly muscular enforcement by Mexico, U.S. apprehensions of Central Americans for fiscal 2015 to date have fallen by more than half compared to the prior year. Many of those who previously would have made it to the U.S. border and been apprehended by the Border Patrol now are being intercepted by Mexican authorities. English
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Central America Regional
Mexico
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Secretary-General welcomes the announcements of the intention of the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP to put in place new measures to de-escalate the current fighting in Colombia and to accelerate the negotiations in order to reach a peace agreement as soon as possible. English
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Colombia
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Thursday, December 4, 2014
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) takes pride in its support of the AmericasBarometer. While the surveys’ primary goal is to give citizens a voice on a broad range of important issues, they also help guide USAID programming and inform policymakers throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region.English
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Western Hemisphere Regional
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The countries of Central America — especially “the Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — are among the most criminally violent nations in the world. As part of the U.S. Government’s (USG) Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has designed and implemented a set of programs to improve citizen security in Central America by strengthening community capacity to combat crime and by creating educational and employment opportunities for at-risk youth.1 USAID’s crime prevention work has been implemented through its field Missions in five countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.English
Thursday, November 13, 2014
In 2012 and 2013, the Panamá de Arauca region faced kidnappings, extortion, and attacks on vehicles and employees in the public and private sectors. The criminal alliances worked to turn this area into a strategic corridor in their plan to weaken the Colombian government.English
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Panama
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Friday, November 7, 2014
A diez años de comenzar este proyecto, pre- sentamos esta sexta edición del Atlas Comparativo con dos incorporaciones básicas: la inclusión de Costa Rica, Panamá y Haití completando el escenario regional, y un capítulo especial sobre las convergencias de las agendas de Caribe y América Latina. A lo largo de sus distintas ediciones el At- las Comparativo ha respondido a la necesidad de contar con un instrumento que pueda compilar y comparar información básica sobre los temas de defensa en los países de la región: los diferentes marcos legales, estructuras de los sistemas de defensa, concepciones políticas, cifras presupuestarias, misiones militares, y el tamaño de las Fuerzas, entre los principales.Spanish
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Western Hemisphere Regional
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Monday, September 29, 2014
The arbitrary and excessive use of pretrial detention around the world is a massive form of human rights abuse that affects in excess of 14 million people a year. English
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Global
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Friday, June 13, 2014
Acute, structured government corruption impacts many of the West’s security priorities. But the role it plays in exacerbating international insecurity is often overlooked.
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Global
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Lasconjarias assesses the effectiveness of NATO allied land forces as, at best, mixed.English
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Global
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Rapid progress has been made in the year since the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened for signature at the United Nations in New York, and a surge of further ratifications will soon activate the treaty this year, helping to save millions of lives and protect human rights, Amnesty International said as it marks the anniversary of the treaty signing on 3 June. English
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Global
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Varios de estos batallones están radicados en el interior mismo de las instalaciones de las empresas o minas Spanish
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Colombia
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
In fact, Mexico is not particularly like any other historical case characterized by "warlordism," resource insurgency, ungoverned spaces, and organized crime.English
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Mexico
Colombia
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The numbers likely explain the government’s apparent willingness to dialogue with the opposition over the past month. The closed door dialogues have yet to bear important agreements. But insiders report they are going well.English
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Venezuela
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
This 103-page report documents 45 cases from Caracas and three states, involving more than 150 victims, in which security forces have abused the rights of protesters and other people in the vicinity of demonstrations.
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Venezuela
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
This paper documents Brazil’s attempts to rise historically in the face of the mismatch between its aspirations, capabilities and opportunities and it shows how Brazil has adjusted its strategy after each attempt.English
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Brazil
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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Nos interesaría saber qué acciones ha tomado su oficina para responder a las recomendaciones hechas acerca de Buenaventura y el Distrito Agua Blanca Spanish
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Colombia
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