Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Skip the Graft

    The latest disaster to befall Haiti creates the opportunity to combine bipartisan accord on Haiti in Washington with keen and perhaps sustained American public interest, writes James Dobbins.

    Jan 17, 2010

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Theory and Method at the Intersection of Anthropology and Cultural Neuroscience

    Exploring the intersection of neuroscience and anthropology can productively inform our understanding of the relationship between human brains and their socio-cultural contexts.

    Jan 1, 2010

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Height, Education and Later-Life Cognition in Latin America and the Caribbean

    This study investigates the relationship between anthropometric markers (height and knee height), early-life conditions, education, and cognitive function in later life among urban elderly from Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Jan 1, 2010

  • Report

    Report

    Legalizing Marijuana in CA Will Not Dramatically Reduce Mexican Drug Trafficking Revenues

    The only scenario where marijuana legalization in California could substantially reduce the revenue of the drug trafficking organizations is if high-potency, California-produced marijuana is smuggled to other U.S. states at prices that are lower than those of current Mexican supplies.

    Dec 31, 2009

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Reducing Inequities Among Children with Asthma in the Island of Puerto Rico: Experiences of a Community-Based, Trans-Sectoral Effort

    This project has implemented successful interventions to improve the quality of life and reduce disparities for children with asthma in Puerto Rico.

    Nov 1, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Prime Numbers: Doped

    The illicit drug trade is the ultimate value-added chain. As cocaine and heroin make their perilous journeys from the fields of Colombia and Afghanistan to markets in U.S. and European cities, each border crossed and each trafficker involved adds dollars to a price, write Beau Kilmer And Peter Reuter.

    Oct 19, 2009

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    Journal Article

    Exploring the Links Between Immigration and Educational Quality and Opportunity in Mexico

    Researchers' initial results are consistent with the notion that an expectation to migrate to the U.S. lowers incentives for Mexicans to continue their schooling. High migration municipalities may also offer fewer schooling opportunities.

    Sep 1, 2009

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    Mexican Security in Decline: Implications and Options for the United States

    On June 17, 2009, Jack Riley discussed how Mexican security issues affect the United States, implications for traditional border concerns such as illegal immigration and drug trafficking, and various policy options available to aid the Mexican government in improving security.

    Jun 17, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Assessing Mexico's Narco-Violence

    Drug-related violence in Mexico has more than doubled over the past 18 months, with a sharp increase in crimes that can only be understood as atrocities. The executions, assassinations, and decapitations may all seem wanton and senseless. But this violence actually has a purpose, write Benjamin Bahney and Agnes Gereben Schaefer.

    May 14, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Could Mexico Fail?

    Suggests ways the U.S. could address concerns about the growing lawlessness in northern Mexico and its consequences for U.S. national security.

    Apr 23, 2009

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    What Are U.S. Policy Options for Dealing with Security in Mexico?

    A RAND study identified three U.S. policy options for dealing with Mexico's deteriorating security situation, assessing their impact in terms of four priority areas and likely Mexican responses.

    Apr 23, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Estimating the size of the global drug market: A demand-side approach: Report 2

    The report generates country-level consumption and retail expenditure estimates for cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and amphetamine-type substances.

    Apr 21, 2009

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    Report

    Economic Costs of Major Oil Supply Disruption Pose Risk to U.S. National Security

    While on a net basis the United States imports nearly 60 percent of the oil it consumes, this reliance on imported oil is not by itself a major national security threat. The study finds that the economic costs of a major disruption in global oil supplies—including higher prices for American consumers—pose the greatest risk to the United States.

    Apr 20, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    U.S.-Mexico Strategic Partnership Needed to Help Mexico Improve Its Security Institutions

    The United States should forge a strategic partnership with Mexico that emphasizes reform and long-term institution building as a way to battle the ongoing drug war and other security challenges that face Mexico.

    Apr 20, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Justification and Options for Creating A U.S. Stability Police Force

    Establishing security is the sine qua non of stability operations, since it is a prerequisite for reconstruction and development. Security requires a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats from insurgents to criminal organizations. This research examines the creation of a high-end police force, which the authors call a Stability Police Force.

    Mar 25, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Could Mexico Fail?

    The lawlessness along the Mexican border has gone way beyond a local crime wave: there has been a dramatic increase in armed robberies, not by lone gunmen but by heavily armed gangs. Kidnappings and homicides are way up—and not just murders but beheadings.... It is starting to look like a terrorist campaign, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

    Feb 13, 2009

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    Report

    Organized Crime Is Increasingly Active in Film Piracy; Three Cases Link Terrorists to Piracy Profits

    Organized crime increasingly is involved in the piracy of feature films, with syndicates active along the entire supply chain from manufacture to street sales. While crime syndicates have added piracy to their criminal portfolios, the profits from film piracy also have been used on occasion to support the activities of terrorist groups.

    Jan 14, 2009

  • Project

    Project

    RAND Research in Latin America and Africa

    RAND engages in significant research in the regions of Latin America and Africa. RAND Latin America work began during the Cold War era with in-depth analysis of U.S.-Cuban relations and has expanded to include issues related to health, education, economics, demographics, and political reform. RAND work covering sub-Saharan Africa encompasses many critical issues related to health, education, and political reform in the developing world.

    Jan 7, 2009

  • Journal Article
  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Education Vouchers in Colombia

    This chapter presents evidence on the impact of a voucher program implemented in 1991 in Colombia. Specifically, the analysis is centered on the mechanism by which the program increased learning outcomes.

    Jan 1, 2009