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Crutch to Catalyst? The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Latin America Report N°56, 29 January 2016

People hold national flags and a sign reading "I love CICIG (International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala)" as they take part in a demonstration in demand of Guatemalan President Otto Perez's resignation, in Guatemala City on 22 August 22. AFP/Johan Ordonez

Dramatic changes upended Guatemalan politics in 2015. Forcing the pace were international prosecutors, bolstered in their fight against corruption and impunity by a great wave of support from ordinary citizens. If Guatemala’s national reforms continue when outside help leaves, it can become a true role model for the region.

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Crutch to Catalyst? The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, Latin America Report N°56, 29 Jan 2016

Dramatic changes upended Guatemalan politics in 2015. Forcing the pace were international prosecutors, bolstered in their fight against corruption and impunity by a great wave of support from ordinary citizens. If Guatemala’s national reforms continue when outside help leaves, it can become a true role model for the region.

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The End of Hegemony: What Next for Venezuela?, Latin America Briefing N°34, 21 Dec 2015

After a crushing defeat in parliamentary elections, Venezuela’s Chavista government needs to move away from confrontation. The executive must join the new legislative majority in a cooperation pact that can lead the country from deadlock to open democracy, and save it from a looming economic and humanitarian disaster.​

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Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State, Latin America Report N°55, 23 Oct 2015

Violence is up but impunity remains the norm in Guerrero, where the lines between organised crime and legitimate authority are often blurred. President Peña Nieto’s government must turn a new leaf and embrace new investigative bodies and international expertise capable of regaining the trust that Guerrero’s corrupted institutions have lost.

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Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster, Latin America Briefing N°33, 30 Jul 2015

Alongside Venezuela’s growing political tension, the collapse of the country’s economy and health care system are leading to an equally dangerous social crisis. To stave off a humanitarian disaster that could well turn today’s polarisation violent, Venezuela needs an emergency program, careful reform of price controls, political consensus, and international support.

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On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks, Latin America Briefing N°32, 2 Jul 2015

Recent advances have given Colombia’s peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) a much-needed respite, but, amid an escalation of violence, the risks of an involuntary collapse are real. Saving the process requires conflict de-escalation, swift progress on the agenda and rallying popular support.

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Back from the Brink: Saving Ciudad Juárez, Latin America Report N°54, 25 Feb 2015

For lessons on crime prevention, Mexico can look to the example of Ciudad Juárez, the world’s “murder capital” in 2008-2010. Government and citizens worked together to bring violence down by strengthening local law enforcement and addressing socio-economic inequalities. These initiatives should be monitored, refined and expanded if Mexico is to overcome its country-wide crisis of confidence at all levels.

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The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict, Latin America Report N°53, 11 Dec 2014

As they move toward a final peace agreement, the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) face the challenge of laying out a credible path for guerrilla fighters to abandon arms and reintegrate into society.

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Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia, Latin America Briefing N°31, 23 Sep 2014

The end of street protests does not mean the end of Venezuela’s crisis. Rising economic problems and unaddressed political demands could lead to renewed violence and threaten national stability. español   中文

Corridor of Violence: The Guatemala-Honduras Border, Latin America Report N°52, 4 Jun 2014

Ending bloodshed in this neglected border region requires more than task forces: credible institutions, access to state services and continuing security are also needed.

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Venezuela: Tipping Point, Latin America Briefing N°30, 21 May 2014

Failure to resolve the Venezuelan crisis could plunge the country into yet more violence, leaving it unable to address soaring criminality and economic decline and exposing the inability of regional inter-governmental bodies to manage the continent’s conflicts. español
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Statement on the Transitional Justice Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC

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2 June 2015: Javier Ciurlizza states what a truth Commission in the Colombia peace process should aim for [Spanish].

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Colombia: A Dangerous Setback

16 April 2015: Read our statement on the attack by FARC on 14 April in Colombia, the deadliest guerrilla action since the peace negotiations began two and a half years ago.

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El día después de mañana: las FARC y el fin del conflicto en Colombia

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Peace in Colombia?

11 December 2014: In this series of videos, Javier Ciurlizza, Crisis Group’s Latin America Program Director, explains the complexity and challenges of reaching a final peace agreement between the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State
Latin America Report N°55
Now available in Spanish
On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks
Latin America Report N°32
Now available in Spanish
The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict
Latin America Report N°53
Now available in Spanish
Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia
Latin America Briefing N°31
Now available in Spanish

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