The revelation that some DEA agents partied with criminal groups for fun could undermine the US's role in fighting organized crime.
Drug trafficking and extortion are expected to increase in Colombia as the government and FARC continue peace talks, and relationships between Guatemalan and Mexican drug gangs could strengthen.
The FARC displaced roughly 50,000 people since peace talks began in 2012, according to a UN report. But the rebel group's role in driving overall violence in Colombia since 2012 isn't clear cut.
A new label launched in the US and Colombia this week will certify products that were made without forced labor or trafficking victims.
The idea that Colombia and Mexico face similar drug wars has shaped US policy there for years. But differences - from geography to the state's ability to respond - call for a different approach.
President Santos has fostered a strong economy, but his lagging popularity can be tied to national protests in the farming sector and drawn-out peace talks with FARC rebels.