A Split Emerges in Latin America Over How to Deal With Rising Violence

A soldier patrols in the Chapadao complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec. 11, 2018 (AP photo by Leo Correa).
A soldier patrols in the Chapadao complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec. 11, 2018 (AP photo by Leo Correa).

BOGOTA, Colombia—On the surface, the future looks bleak for Latin America. In an era of slow economic growth, with deeply polarized societies and increasingly entrenched violence, the continent’s leaders face some daunting challenges. Latin America is grappling with a surge in homicide, which has made it the world’s most dangerous region. The illicit drug trade is booming, organized crime is proving to be more agile than most states, and anti-corruption efforts have been rolled back across the continent, undermining democracy. There are, however, glimmers of hope if you look closer. Amid the carnage, solutions and experiments are emerging that could […]

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