A new report out of Mexico details the growing links between Central American Maras and the nation's main criminal groups, highlighting more cross-border gang activity.
Organized crime is adaptable and profit-driven, and in 2014, that could mean moving beyond Mexico and Colombia to a more diverse set of nations.
Key security threats plaguing Central America, especially gang violence and organized crime, affect the US as well. That's why American support is crucial for new initiatives such as the one in El Salvador that combats gangs by addressing social ills and rehabilitating gang members.
Uruguay's senate passed a bill legalizing the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana, putting it on the vanguard of drug policy reform in Latin America - and the world.
According to polls, about 32 percent of Costa Rica's 3 million eligible voters say they plan to abstain from casting ballots due to corruption, lack of leadership, and high unemployment.
American fast-food chains are appearing on every street corner in El Salvador, but globalization isn't the main culprit.