Tag Archives: militarization

GuateSec: Scrutiny of security gains and privatization initiatives

Guatemala’s security policy has come under renewed scrutiny as the country marks its first full year under Otto Pérez Molina. Though the Patriot Party administration has trumpeted the success of programs such as the militarized Task Forces installed in marginal … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Drug War militarization in Central America

With the U.S. Marines’ “Operation Hammer” in Guatemala reportedly finalized and “Operation Anvil” in Honduras in limbo, where does Central America now stand in the Drug War, and what developments are on the horizon? In “Strategies of a New Cold War,” … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Budgeting for repression in Guatemala, SOA killing in Honduras

Justice or repression in Guatemala? Guatemala’s 2013 budget leaves little doubt regarding the trajectory of state policy regarding public security and defense. Analysis by Plaza Pública identifies the Defense and Interior Ministries, which oversee the military and police forces, as … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Operation Hammer lifted, rumblings from Totonicapán and Tajamulco

Operation Hammer leaves Guatemala According to Guatemalan’s Prensa Libre and the U.S. military, the 200-strong Marine detachment associated with Operation Hammer has finished its counter-narcotics mission and left the country. Military press releases describe U.S. participation in “more than 250” airborne … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Balance of power in the Patriot Party government

GuateSec is intended to provide a regular focus on issues relating to security and justice in Guatemala and the surrounding region, offering commentary and synthesis of key news reports and expert analysis. Today’s El Periodico newspaper contains a revealing analysis of … Continue reading

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