Colombia is worried that FARC fighters are looking to acquire missiles in Venezuela, which would diminish Colombia's air-power advantage against the rebels.
12/13/2011 12:48 pm
Latin America Monitor Back to the future in Latin America? Sandinistas, generals, and Manuel Noriega
Back in Panama to serve more prison time, ex-dictator Manuel Noriega might be surprised how little the regional neighborhood has changed, writes guest blogger Mike Allison.
12/12/2011 08:51 am
Latin America Monitor In debate, Romney, Perry warn of Islamist terrorists in Latin America. Are they right?
In last night's Republican presidential debate on foreign policy, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry warned that Hezbollah and Hamas are operating in Latin America and pose a major threat to the US.
11/23/2011 12:40 pm
The top news from Colombia's municipal elections was ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro's victory in the Bogota mayor race. In farther flung regions the race was marred by violence and corruption claims.
10/31/2011 01:24 pm
Viktor Bout, the world's most notorious arms trafficker escaped trial for decades by exploiting a patchwork of international laws on arms trade. His case underscores the need for an international Arms Trade Treaty to regulate arms sales and hold "merchants of death" accountable.
10/19/2011 12:36 pm
Colombia used to be the world's kidnapping capital, but those numbers have decreased over the last decade. The kidnapping of 10-year-old Nhora Valentina Munoz was a reminder of a darker past.
10/18/2011 12:35 pm
The DAS, Colombia's scandal-ridden intelligence service, is alleged to have provided intelligence – including identities of undercover agents – to one of the region's most wanted drug lords.
09/20/2011 10:32 am
Recent reports indicate foreign companies are not feeling the effects of the violence in Mexico and Central America, likely due to the difficulty of extorting multinational corporations.
09/19/2011 11:57 am
Human Rights Watch discovered several weapons-storage sites in Libya where surface-to-air missiles are missing, raising concerns that the weapons could arm an Iraq-style insurgency.
09/07/2011 07:10 pm
Rodrigo Rivera steps down amid the perception that security in Colombia has deteriorated in the past year. Massacres have become almost a weekly occurrence, and kidnappings are up 9 percent.
09/01/2011 11:00 am
Now that Colombia has boosted security in Las Orquídeas National Park, ecological researchers are able to investigate a region that could be more diverse than the Amazon.
08/26/2011 01:23 pm
Latin America Monitor In fight with Shining Path, Peru's President Humala takes a page from Colombia
Peru's new president has vowed to take a hard line against the country’s Shining Path guerrillas, and appears to have modeled his strategy on Colombia's counterinsurgency successes.
08/16/2011 10:15 am
President Juan Manuel Santos announced a strategic shift in Colombia's struggle against guerrilla rebels and narco-paramilitaries, in part via improved cooperation between government agencies.
08/09/2011 09:58 am
Adm. Edgar Cely said that members of the guerrilla group are hiding in Venezuela, a claim that Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has avoided in order to boost relations with Caracas.
08/04/2011 11:05 am
After a bomb exploded in the southern province of Cauca last month, local leaders issued a statement urging both the Colombian government and guerrillas to disarm and leave their communities in peace.
08/02/2011 11:13 am
Two major criminal networks have been extending their reach throughout Colombia. In Mexico. pressure from security forces has had the opposite effect, causing the criminal underworld to fragment.
08/01/2011 04:42 pm
Latin America Monitor Knights Templar: In Mexico, like Norway, criminals look to past for legitimacy
The attacker in Norway and a Mexican drug ring both invoke the ancient Knights Templar to describe themselves. Why do violent ideologues and criminals search the past for inspiration?
07/25/2011 10:11 am
A Colombian think-tank argues that the guerrilla group has retaken the initiative in key regions, and that security forces have thus far failed to adapt to the conflict's changing conditions.
07/21/2011 03:37 pm
The arrest of a suspected Russian mafioso in Ecuador highlights the increasing presence in the country of international organized crime, says guest blogger Elyssa Pachico.
07/11/2011 12:01 pm
The Congressional subcommittee hearing Thursday on Hezbollah's presence in Latin America distracts from other, bigger regional threats, warns guest blogger James Bosworth.
07/06/2011 10:25 am
Some 220 invited delegates – victims, NGO workers, and former extremists – met for Google Ideas's Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Ireland. They couldn't be accused of having low aspirations.
06/29/2011 06:07 pm
The guerrilla group attacked a military contingent Tuesday, killing two civilians and wounding 10. But the Colombian government says the attack is a sign of the rebels' desperation.
06/16/2011 01:17 pm
Newly published findings that Venezuela financed the FARC rebel group in Colombia seem unlikely to harm growing economic and diplomatic links between the two countries.
05/11/2011 06:31 pm
A real-world example of why Al Qaeda could live well beyond Osama bin Laden, Latin America has found limited results from taking out leaders of deadly ideological insurgencies.
05/04/2011 05:04 pm
Easter Sunday's drop in travel reflects growing caution. Sales are down by 60 percent for a bus company operating in the state of Tamaulipas, where mass graves were recently found.
04/22/2011 10:47 am