Cienfuegos catch and release reveals dysfunction in US-Mexico security cooperation

In a stunning reversal, the Department of Justice announced it would drop charges against former Mexican defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos just one month after the US arrested him for allegedly colluding with drug cartels. Notably, ....

Continue reading

Ortega is busy completing Nicaragua’s authoritarian architecture

Nicaragua’s National Coalition (Coalicón Nacional), comprised of disparate opposition parties, is splintering under the duress of Daniel Ortega’s police state and the weight of its own internal contradictions. Smelling blood in the water, Ortega is ....

Continue reading

What does the arrest of General Cienfuegos mean for the future of US-Mexico security cooperation?

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently unmasked a high-level Mexican government official working on behalf of its notorious drug cartels: four-star General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who also served as the country’s Minister of Defense from ....

Continue reading

How the US can help prevent Latin America’s coronavirus schooling crisis

By most measures, Latin America has become the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with the region struggling to cope with both the pandemic and the resulting socio-economic crises. Now, governments are forced to make ....

Continue reading

The US is confronting Nicaragua’s dictator(s) without a game plan

Nicaraguans continue to struggle under the oppressive yoke of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo’s regime. The ruling couple’s terrifying human rights abuses continue unabated, and the regime stands out for its negligent response to the ....

Continue reading

4 more years of Andrés Manuel López Obrador? Part 2: Security

The festering security crises in Mexico are ominous. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) campaigned to end the so-called drug war strategy against bloodthirsty narcotraffickers. He has described his security policy as “hugs, not bullets” ....

Continue reading

4 more years of Andrés Manuel López Obrador? Part 1: Economy

President Trump and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), will put on smiles, if not masks, as they meet this week in Washington to showcase cooperation on trade and immigration. Trump can argue ....

Continue reading

Mexico’s government continues losing pace with cartel threat

For years, Mexico has struggled with a deteriorating security environment as well-armed drug cartels have pushed the country’s homicide rate to perilous heights. A recent and sophisticated assassination attempt against Mexico City’s police chief highlights ....

Continue reading