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How Legalizing Marijuana Would Weaken Mexican Drug Cartels

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post , Nov-02-2010 | Article

In the months leading up to today's vote on California's Proposition 19 to legalize recreational use of marijuana, opponents of legalization have issued a barrage ... Read More »

Worlds Collide at Cancun Climate Talks

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus , Oct-27-2010 | Article

The debate over climate change generally transpires within the cloistered confines of expensive hotels, executive boardrooms, and diplomatic halls. As seen in the ... Read More »

Lethal Force on the Border

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post, Jun-18-2010 | Article

Sergio Hernandez Guereca's short life revolved around the U.S.-Mexico border that ultimately led to his death. On June 7, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a U.S. Border ... Read More »

Mexico's State of Impunity

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post , May-11-2010 | Article

When international human rights observers rounded a curve on a remote road in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, they found the way blocked by boulders. They decided ... Read More »

Phase 2 of the Drug War

by Laura Carlsen

The Panama News , Apr-10-2010 | Article

When the top brass of US and Mexican security met in Mexico City March 24, they took historic steps to ratchet up US involvement in Mexico's failed drug war. At the same time, ... Read More »

Colombia's Elections: Under the Gun

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus , Mar-23-2010 | Article

Colombia's congressional elections on March 14 were hailed by the United Nations as the most peaceful in years. The victory of the coalition led by President Alvaro ... Read More »

A Lack of Resolve

by Robert White

Center for International Policy, Jul-31-2009 | Article

President Mel Zelaya is right to refuse to be delivered back to his presidential chair, trussed and bound like a capon, an impotent symbol of a democratic façade. If Secretary of State Clinton permits the coup regime to impose conditions on the return of the constitutional president... Read More »

In harmony, for the moment

by Adam Isacson

Jun-11-2006 | Article

It shouldn’t surprise us that the Bush administration and the Republican majority in the U.S. Congress were very pleased with Ãlvaro Uribe’s reelection.... Read More »

Failing Grades: Evaluating the Results of Plan Colombia

by Adam Isacson

Yale Journal of International Affairs, Sep-01-2005 | Article

On July 13, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law an emergency bill giving Colombia $860 million “to seek peace, fight drugs, build the economy, and deepen democracy.” ... Read More »

Security: An electoral liability for Uribe?

by Adam Isacson

El Espectador, Mar-27-2005 | Article

A bit more than a year before the Colombian presidential elections, President Uribe is doing so well in the polls that his likely opponents are either hoping that the Constitutional Court blocks his re-election, or they simply have their gaze truly fixed on 2010.... Read More »

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