A peace demonstration in Mexico against the violence and death caused by drug crime (photo:dpa)

Geopolitics: Latin America’s drugs and organised crime epidemic

GIS guest author, Dr Ralph Espach, director of the Latin American Affairs programme at the U.S. research centre CNA, gives a special report on crime in Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela. These countries form the world’s largest drug trafficking corridor feeding the US and Europe. This is the first of a two-part series on crime and security in Latin America.

AN INTERNATIONAL crime wave involving drug trafficking syndicates and violent crime is ruining what would otherwise be a period of peace and prosperity in Latin America.

The Central American isthmus alone had a murder rate of 45 people per 100,000—the highest in ...

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Dr. Ralph Espach
What drives the recent surge in violence in Central America is the expansion of urban gang activity associated with poverty and unemployment, a rapid rise in local drug consumption and fighting over drug trafficking routes and territory
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