Latin America’s Left Is Paying the Political Price for Security Failures

Latin America’s Left Is Paying the Political Price for Security Failures
Police known as “carabineros” line up for a ceremony launching a new, national crime-prevention initiative, Santiago, Chile, Nov. 18, 2022 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).

In the countries where they have gained power, Latin America’s left-leaning leaders have usually won by campaigning on economic and social issues. Now that they are in power, they must deal with the region’s security challenges—and the political fallout for the failures that occur, whether or not they are to blame for them.

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