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Here is a collection of “long-read” articles I found to be especially noteworthy in 2012. In addition to being engrossing reading, these all met the following criteria.

  • They are about Latin America and the Caribbean, and usually about security.
  • They are at least 3,000 words, thus qualifying them as “long reads” – often requiring more than one sitting to finish them, but not book length.
  • They are written in a clear, journalistic style – not academic prose.
  • As of today, all are available for free online.
  • They are written by
  • ...

Here are the countries of origin of U.S. military and police trainees from Latin America and the Caribbean since 1999, according to the past 13 years’ State-Defense Department Foreign Military Training Reports.

The table for this data is here....

This post is cross-posted with the Latin America Working Group Education Fund's LAWGBlog. It was written by LAWG-EF Executive Director Lisa Haugaard

On December 11th, the day after International Human Rights Day, the Colombian Congress approved a justice “reform” bill that will likely result in many gross human rights violations by members of the military being tried in military courts—and remaining in impunity. The bill, along with a separate ruling by the Council of State, unravels the reforms put in place...

The following is a translation of an interview with the director of Colombia's national police force, General José Roberto León Riaño, in Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. He discusses U.S. security assistance to Colombia, U.S. sentencing of extradited drug traffickers, and responds to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

"In the U.S. they...

Below is a compilation of news highlights and happenings from around the region this past week.

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Jun 17, 2019
In a contentious hearing last week, lawmakers grilled a senior State Department official on the...
Jun 10, 2019
With new details emerging regarding the President's recent announcement that he would be...
Mar 17, 2019
While the portion of President Trump’s 2020 request for security assistance programming...
Oct 10, 2018
Prepared Remarks of Colby Goodman Director, Security Assistance Monitor   “The Trump Administration...
Sep 10, 2018
Corruption Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid       The United States has...