InSight Crime

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:26
The contrast between the FARC’s 10th Conference and the last peace process in this same place 16 years ago could not be more marked. The FARC has changed and cannot go back to the war it once waged, funded by billions from the drug trade.
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 07:50
El Salvador’s attorney general announced the creation of a new anti-impunity unit in the prosecutor's office that will work on politically sensitive corruption cases and have strong backing from the US government, although it lacks direct international participation.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 07:38
Colombia's ELN rebel group is reportedly moving in on territory abandoned by the FARC guerrillas as part of their peace deal with the government, drawing attention to an inconvenient truth: the ELN stands much to gain from continuing its armed struggle.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:03
US President Barack Obama has once again named mostly Latin American countries as being those most responsible for drug trafficking or production and has singled out the anti-narcotics efforts of the United States' biggest political adversaries in the region for the most criticism.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:01
A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight crime with help from the United States, a decision which may bear consequences for human rights and levels of violence within the young democracies.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 08:14
A rise in drug-related murders has contributed to Costa Rica's homicide rate almost doubling in the past 15 years, as the country's growing role in the regional narcotics trade continues to provoke anxiety among security officials.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 08:08
A controversy over Colombia's drug strategy reflects an official sense of urgency to reverse booming coca cultivation as the country prepares to end over 50 years of armed conflict with the FARC rebel group.
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 06:51
The top US military officer in Latin America and the Caribbean recently praised the involvement of the region's armed forces in fighting organized crime, a controversial stance likely rooted in the politics surrounding US security assistance to foreign countries.
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 07:16
A Colombian guerrilla group has reportedly kidnapped nearly a dozen rice farmers and is holding them hostage in Venezuela, a sign of increasing militant activity along the border that could have implications for an ongoing peace process.
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 07:15
Data released by a special Honduras police unit formed to combat extortion indicates the country is making progress against an illegal industry responsible for many deaths and massive economic losses.