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Police Reform in Guatemala: Obstacles and Opportunities

To stem the violence that kills thousands of Guatemalans each year, the government must find the resources and will to carry out long-stalled reforms of the national police.

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Report / Latin America & Caribbean

Guatemala: Drug Trafficking and Violence

The bloody eruption of the Mexican Zetas cartel into its territory is the latest chapter in a vicious cycle of repeated government failures, massive corruption and criminal violence that threatens the frail democracy of Guatemala, the gateway for most of the drugs reaching the U.S. from Mexico.

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Guatemala’s Elections: Clean Polls, Dirty Politics

Violence and unregulated campaign finance endanger political institutions ahead of the Guatemalan polls in September.

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Learning to Walk without a Crutch: The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala

Despite the promising beginning made by a unique hybrid legal body established by agreement with the UN, a culture of fear and impunity still prevails in Guatemala.

Guatemala: Squeezed Between Crime and Impunity

Fourteen years after the end of its civil war, Guatemala has become a paradise for crime that is deeply entrenched in the state and society, undermines institutions and thrives on extreme levels of impunity.

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