(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

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Pandillas and security in Central America

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This article introduces the topic of pandillas (street gangs) and their implications for security in Central America. Firstly, it explains that in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, political incentives aim to suppress them, even if all observers recognize that this strategy does not work. Secondly, that in seeking to implement international antigang programs, the United States has yet to overcome serious bureaucratic barriers and inertia. While these programs might be useful on the margins, in light of the evidence it seems apparent that they will not have much lasting impact, given the dimensions of the challenge. It concludes that the pandilla problem can possibly be reduced but never eliminated given the region’s violent history, ingrained official corruption, and chronic poverty


Article of periodic

published at : Latin American research review / ISSN 0023-8791

Editor : Latin American Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA - ETATS-UNIS (1965)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 49, no2 [pp. 152-172]



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23897

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