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Sub-Regional Dialogue on Citizen Security Policy

Governors, policy makers, and analysts gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil on November 18 and 19 to participate in the Sub-Regional Dialogue on Citizen Security Policy, a two-day meeting convened by the Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the Inter-American Dialogue, to discuss and examine the efforts of sub-national actors against crime and violence in Latin America. MORE


The Dialogue’s work on security examines trends of crime and violence throughout Latin America and promotes exchange between US and regional analysts, policymakers, journalists, and business leaders on how to address this growing challenge. Our security work involves two main projects:

The Dialogue's initiative on security and migration in Central America and Mexico is developing a joint program with leading research centers in the region on two of the most important challenges their countries now face: (1) the threats posed by escalating crime and violence, and (2) the failure of governments to address the political, social, and security problems emerging from continued illegal migration flows to the United States.

The Dialogues collaborative partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank on security issues.


Michael Shifter, President
Peter Hakim, President Emeritus
Manuel Orozco, Senior Fellow
Joan Caivano, Deputy to the President/Director Special Projects
Caitlin Reilly, Program Assistant

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To keep kids from our borders, fix things farther south, by Peter Hakim, Reuters, 14 July 2014 and Infolatam, 27 August 2014.

U.S. should have tried nation-building in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan, by Robert McCartney, The Washington Post 16 July 2014.

La permanencia de la corrupción en Latinoamérica, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, 30 June 2014 (English / Chinese).

The United States and Central America’s Northern Tier: The Ongoing Disconnect, by Hector Silva Ávalos, March 2014.

5 Times You Gave Money to Organized Crime Without Realizing It
by Cameron Combs, Policy Mic, 7 February 2014

Regional Security Cooperation: An Examination of the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), testimony by Michael Shifter before the US House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, 19 June 2013.

Organized Crime and Insecurity in Belize, by Julie López, Inter-American Dialogue Working Paper, January 2013.

Peace Now? Mexican Security Policy after Felipe Calderón, by Alejandro Hope, Inter-American Dialogue Working Paper, January 2013.

Security in Nicaragua: Central America's Exception?/ Seguridad en Nicaragua: ¿la excepción en Centroamérica?, by Roberto Cajina, Inter-American Dialogue Working Paper, January 2013.




El Salvador police corruption exposed by Diplomat-turned-scholar Dialogue event in the Baltimore Post Excaminer, 21 May, 2014. 

El infierno se mudó al Triángulo del Norte, Michael Shifter in Excelsior, 11 February 2013.

Landmark U.S. Immigration Framework Heavy on Border Security, Manuel Orozco in IPS, January 28, 2013.

Central American peace accord celebrates 25 years, but has it brought peace? Michael Shifter in The Christian Science Monitor, August 7, 2012.

DEA brings deadly force to Honduras, Michael Shifter in the Alaska Dispatch, July 16, 2012.

US cancels transparency waiver, Michael Shifter in the Nicaraguan Dispatch, June 21, 2012.

Honduran, US relations overcome deadly drug trade, Michael Shifter in CNN, June 10, 2012.


US Drug Policy in the Western Hemisphere, June 25, 2014

Police and Organized Crime in El Salvador, May 19, 2014.

Perspectives on Crime and Violence in Central America, May 1, 2014.

Pressing Issues in Central America & Mexico, February 28, 2014.

Sub-Regional Dialogue on Citizen Security Policy
, 18-19 November 2013.

The Human Rights Situation in Mexico, 9 October 2013.

Citizen Security in Colombia: A Conversation with Director of the National Police José Roberto León Riaño, 22 May 2013.

Criminal Violence in Mexico: Challenges for the Peña Nieto Administration, 14 May 2013.

Security and Human Rights in Honduras: A Conversation with Julieta Castellanos, 7 March 2013.

Colombia’s Peace Process: Debating the Prospects for an Agreement and Beyond, 31 January 2013.



Seguridad Ciudadana y Agenda de Cooperación con EEUU, interview with Michael Shifter on Esta Semana, 28 October 2012.

Criminal Violence in Central America, interview with Michael Shifter on Voice of America, 11 May 2012.

Cold War Redux? Politics and Crime in Central America, interview with Michael Shifter on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, 14 November 2011.

Dos retos en la región para EE.UU, interview with Michael Shifter on Voice of America, 9 November 2011.

Obama reconocerá a El Salvador como un socio clave en América Central, interview with Michael Shifter on El Mundo, 10 February 2011.