America / Foreign Policy

Formal Criminal Alliances Pose a Major Security Threat to the Americas

A recent report from Guatemalan authorities focuses on a formal alliance between two major criminal entities: the Mexican Zetas cartel and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) street gang that operates throughout Central and North America. Informal and temporary alliances are often formed between criminal groups, but this is the first report of a formal alliance. Such … Continue reading

Politics

Mexico: 3 months away from the election of Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico’s Presidential Election is less than two months away, and it appears that Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) will be the winner. Peña Nieto is a young, charismatic former Mexico State governor. His competition for the Mexican presidency is Josefina Vásquez Mota of the National Action Party (PAN) and Andres Manuel … Continue reading

America / Foreign Policy

Latin American Drug Legalization and US National Security

True to form, the American media has continued its focus on domestic politics leading up to the November presidential election. So far, the GOP primary and the fallout from Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke have dominated this week’s media attention. Lost in this news coverage were Vice President Joe Biden’s … Continue reading

America / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Hispanics have spoken. How will the GOP respond?

On Monday, under the direction of Latin Insights, Fox News Latino conducted a poll that showed that President Barack Obama has begun to gain more support among Hispanic voters. The poll demonstrated that Obama was favored six-to-one over any of the GOP presidential hopefuls. As the election nears, the GOP and its candidates should be … Continue reading

America / Gov. Officials / Politics

Olympia Snowe’s decision may be more important than last night’s GOP primary results

On Tuesday, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) announced that she will not seek re-election this November, citing dissatisfaction with the current partisan nature of the Senate. While Wednesday’s headlines will be dominated by the battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for the GOP nomination, I believe that Snowe’s decision deserves more attention than it probably … Continue reading