EE.UU.-América Latina: Fuerzas Armadas de 14 países definen estrategias contra el crimen organizado

Honduras es la sede de la conferencia Centroamericana de Seguridad que se lleva a cabo este miércoles en un prestigioso hotel de la capital Tegucigalpa, para establecer mecanismos conjuntos en la lucha contra el crimen organizado transnacional.

El evento cuenta con la participación de representantes del Comando Sur de Estados Unidos (EEUU) y jefes de las Fuerzas Armadas de 14 países.

El coloquio tiene como objetivo establecer medidas que logren el fortalecimiento de la cooperación regional en materia de seguridad.

Entre las naciones participantes están las delegaciones de Belice, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, República Dominicana y otros de la región. VER MÁS…

América Latina: El investigador del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF), Pablo Sanguinetti

El impacto de la violencia por la delincuencia en Latinoamérica es de hasta el 6 % de su producto interno bruto (PIB), dijo un funcionario de CAF responsable de un estudio sobre prevención del delito en América Latina.

El director de Análisis Económico del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina-CAF, Pablo Sanguinetti, presentó en Panamá el reporte “Por una América Latina más segura”.

Sanguinetti explicó que el informe, dedicado a la prevención y control del delito violento, establece que el 24 % de la población de América Latina tiene como principal preocupación a la delincuencia. VER MÁS…

US: Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas? / Coletta A. Youngers and Adam Schaffer

Washington has succeeded in creating an entrenched drug-war bureaucracy across Latin America. But the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

For decades, the U.S. government has imposed its repressive drug-control policies across Latin America and the Caribbean, using diplomatic, political, and economic pressure as needed. Long-simmering resentment to this approach, combined with waning U.S. political influence, has led to a dramatic turning of the tide: Latin American countries are now driving an unprecedented international drug policy debate.

A disconnect between U.S. drug policies at home and abroad has also played a role in motivating the opposition to U.S.-dictated drug policies. While this disconnect is most visible in state-led initiatives to create legal, regulated cannabis markets (now approved in four states and the District of Columbia), the Obama administration has also undertaken two significant domestic initiatives: It has placed greater priority on a public health approach, and has dramatically expanded access to drug treatment through the Affordable Care Act. SEE MORE…

 

Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship. Supporting research in Latin America and the Caribbean to inform drug policy

Open for applications, next deadline is March 2nd 2015. Apply Now

The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program fellowship is designed to support short-term research that contributes to the literature on drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics and countries that are central to drug policy discussions in the region and beyond.

The competition is open to applicants conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean who are fully embedded in and committed to the region, and whose research focus has a clear and central connection to the field of drugs and to formulating sound drug policy. Successful applicants will be those whose work and interests best match, and who demonstrate a long-term commitment to, these program goals.

In addition to conducting individual research, DSD fellows should contribute to the development of a global interdisciplinary network of researchers engaged with drug policy and communicate their findings to relevant audiences over the course of their careers. MORE…

Brazil: Stray Bullets Are No Accident / Robert Muggah

Thirty-two bullets. That’s all it took to shatter the lives of just as many innocent men, women and children in metropolitan Rio de Janeiro last month. It is an unspeakable tragedy. The victims consist of toddlers and senior citizens — all of them going about their own business. Most of them are residents of low-income neighborhoods, especially the city’s sprawling north zone.

The blame game is in full swing. The state’s Secretary for Public Security has condemned drug trafficking groups, alluding to a “nation of criminals” with brazen disregard for human life. Meanwhile, human rights activists say that the military police are also to blame. Caught in the crossfire, locals are throwing up their hands in resignation. Yet there is nothing accidental about these incidents — they are indicative of a failure of public policy. SEE MORE…

Global: Las 50 ciudades más violentas del mundo 2014

Acapulco ocupa el tercer lugar en el ranking global elaborado por la organización Seguridad, Justicia y Paz, los números públicos arrojan una disminución de la violencia en México, sin embargo, los creadores de este organismo advierten que hay riesgos de distorsión de la información.

Ocho ciudades mexicanas figuran en el ranking de las 50 ciudades más violentas del mundo elaborado por la organización Seguridad Justicia y Paz.

Por cuarto año consecutivo, con 1,317 homicidios, la ciudad hondureña de San Pedro Sula ocupó el primer lugar entre las 50 ciudades de más de 300,000 habitantes contabilizadas por la organización.VER MÁS…

Global: Fixing Fragile Cities. Solutions for Urban Violence and Poverty / Robert Muggah

In the decades to come, the city, not the state, will decide stability and development. People around the world have been converging on cities for centuries, and more than half of them live in one today. Western cities have grown so dominant that commentators now speak of “the triumph” of cities and call on mayors to rule the world.

The direction of urban population growth is shifting dramatically, as Africans and Asians, not Americans or Europeans, flock to cities in unprecedented numbers. According to the latest UN estimates, more than 90 percent of all future population growth will occur in the cities and sprawling shantytowns of the developing world. Meanwhile, urban population growth in most developed economies will slow; in some places, it could even shift into reverse. SEE MORE… 

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