Latin America and the Caribbean

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Combating Crime Critical to Securing Central America’s Fragile Democracies, Says CFR Report

"Flanked by the coca-producing countries of the Andes and the world's leading consumer of illegal drugs—the United States—Central America is a strategic choke point for illicit trade," writes Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, in a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Special Report, Countering Criminal Violence in Central America.

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Corporate Conference Call: April and the Americas

Speakers: Shannon K. O'Neil and Julia E. Sweig
Presider: Toni Johnson

This week, President Barack Obama held a North American Summit with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and Mexican president Felipe Calderón. Next week, he will host Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff for a state visit, before they both travel to the Summit of the Americans in Cartagena, Colombia. CFR fellows Shannon K. O'Neil and Julia E. Sweig discuss these meetings, as well as Secretary Hillary Clinton's strategic partnership dialogue with Brazilian foreign minister Antonio Patriota that will be held immediately after the summit in Cartagena.

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