Security and U.S. Policy in Latin America

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the Latin America Working Group and the Washington Office on Latin America. We keep track of U.S. policy toward Latin America and its impact, especially where security is concerned. See our U.S. aid database and much more at www.justf.org.

Download Assistant Secretary Valenzuela's visit to Ecuador, Colombia and Peru 02-04-2010 (6.06 MB)

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Assistant Secretary Valenzuela’s visit to Ecuador, Colombia and Peru

  • Adam gives an overview of issues that may come up as the Obama administration’s top diplomat for Latin America travels to the Andes on April 4-11, 2010. Featuring commentary from Lisa Haugaard, director of the Latin America Working Group. 
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Download The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative 31-03-2010 (3.95 MB)

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The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative

  • Adam discusses the Obama administration’s new security aid program for 15 Caribbean countries. For the 2011 Congressional Budget Justification document referred to here, go to http://www.state.gov/f/releases/iab/fy2011cbj/pdf/index.htm 
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Download Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia: Consultative Groups and Posture Statements 26-03-2010 (4.22 MB)

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Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia: Consultative Groups and Posture Statements

  • Abigail and Adam discuss Secretary of State Clinton’s visit to Mexico, rethinking the Mérida Initiative, Southcom testimony in Congress, and allegations of Venezuelan ties to Colombia’s FARC. 
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Download Panel: So How's It Going? The Obama Administration 21-03-2010 (31.53 MB)

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Panel: So How’s It Going? The Obama Administration

  • A March 20 panel discussion at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days gathering, with Lisa Haugaard of the Latin America Working Group, Adam Isacson of the Center for International Policy, and Manuel Pérez Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies. 
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Download The Week: Chile earthquake, Clinton visit, FARC-ETA in Venezuela, narcotics report, Guatemala police corruption 05-03-2010 (5.25 MB)

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The Week: Chile earthquake, Clinton visit, FARC-ETA in Venezuela, narcotics report, Guatemala police corruption

  • Adam discusses Chile’s use of the military in the earthquake’s aftermath, highlights of Secretary Clinton’s 6-country trip, charges of terrorist links to Venezuela, the annual State Department Narcotics Report, and narco-corruption in Guatemala’s police. 
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Download Extradited Colombian Paramilitaries: "Truth Behind Bars" 02-03-2010 (5.63 MB)

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Extradited Colombian Paramilitaries: “Truth Behind Bars”

  • Adam interviews Roxana Altholz of the U.C. Berkeley Law School Human Rights Clinic, author of a hard-hitting report on 30 Colombian paramilitary leaders’ extradition to the United States, which has complicated efforts to win justice for their victims. 
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Download The Week: Cancún Summit, Venezuela, Colombia, Secretary Clinton's travel 27-02-2010 (6.82 MB)

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The Week: Cancún Summit, Venezuela, Colombia, Secretary Clinton’s travel

  • Abigail and Adam discuss the Cancún summit, human rights in Venezuela, reelection in Colombia, and Hillary Clinton’s trip to the region next week 
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Download February 24, 2010: Recent Arms Transfers 24-02-2010 (7 MB)

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February 24, 2010: Recent Arms Transfers

  • Adam reviews recent arms sales from Brazil, Europe Israel and the United States to several countries throughout the region. 
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Download February 19, 2010: The week 19-02-2010 (7.26 MB)

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February 19, 2010: The week

  • Abigail and Adam discuss Colombia-Ecuador relations, arms sales to the FARC, the Haiti rebuilding cost, the Falklands dispute, press freedom, citizen security in Mexico, and upcoming congressional hearings. 
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Download February 16, 2010: Citizen Security in Medellín, Colombia 16-02-2010 (8.98 MB)

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February 16, 2010: Citizen Security in Medellín, Colombia

  • Adam talks about Medellín’s rising crime rate, the reasons why violence continues to fluctuate, and a controversial effort to negotiate a “non-aggression pact” between criminal gangs. 
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Download Just the Facts: February 12, 2010 12-02-2010 (10.3 MB)

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Just the Facts: February 12, 2010

  • The week: Abigail and Adam discuss Costa Rica’s elections, the Colombian defense minister’s visit, re-election in Colombia, and the UNASUR summit. 
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Download Just the Facts: February 10, 2010 10-02-2010 (8.23 MB)

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Just the Facts: February 10, 2010

  • Adam discusses civil-military relations stories in Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, El Salvador, Peru and Venezuela. 
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Download Just the Facts: February 5, 2010 05-02-2010 (5.66 MB)

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Just the Facts: February 5, 2010

  • In our inaugural podcast, Adam discusses Colombia’s re-election debate, after a Constitutional Court judge casts doubt on a referendum to allow President Álvaro Uribe to run for a third term. 
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