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Author Shifter, Michael.
Title Countering criminal violence in Central America / Michael Shifter.
Imprint New York : Council on Foreign Relations, [2012]

Author Shifter, Michael.
Series Council special report ; no. 64
CSR (New York, N.Y.) ; no. 64.
Subject Violent crimes -- Central America -- Prevention.
Crime prevention -- Central America.
Central America -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Alt Name Council on Foreign Relations.
Center for Preventive Action.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 43 pages) : color illustrations, color map, charts.
polychrome rdacc
Note Title from PDF title page (viewed on August 2, 2012).
"April 2012."
"Center for preventative action."
Summary "Violent crime in Central America -- particularly in the "northern triangle" of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala -- is reaching breathtaking levels. Murder rates in the region are among the highest in the world. To a certain extent, Central America's predicament is one of geography -- it is sandwiched between some of the world's largest drug producers in South America and the world's largest consumer of illegal drugs, the United States. The region is awash in weapons and gunmen, and high rates of poverty ensure substantial numbers of willing recruits for organized crime syndicates. Weak, underfunded, and sometimes corrupt governments struggle to keep up with the challenge. Though the United States has offered substantial aid to Central American efforts to address criminal violence, it also contributes to the problem through its high levels of drug consumption, relatively relaxed gun control laws, and deportation policies that have sent home more than a million illegal migrants with violent records. This report assesses the causes and consequences of the violence faced by several Central American countries and examines the national, regional, and international efforts intended to curb its worst effects"--Page vii.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 31-34).
Contents Introduction -- Nature of the problem -- Country assessments -- National responses -- Regional and international responses -- U.S. engagement with Central America -- U.S. domestic policies and impact on Central America -- Recommendations for U.S. foreign policy -- Conclusion.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780876095485 (electronic bk.)
0876095481 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 784953396