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Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean

A Threat Assessment

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This regional assessment is broadly focused on transnational organized crime (including drug trafficking) issues and the linkages with development, governance and security in Central America and the Caribbean. This Report is intended to provide a more comprehensive and nuanced picture of contraband flows, criminal markets and their political, social and economic impacts on the regions in question. It will be a means to convene strategic dialogue on emerging transnational organized crime threats, and the recommendation it yields will be built back into policy analysis and programme development throughout the United Nations System, including at the regional and country levels.

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Cocaine, organized crime groups, and violence

In a number of Central American countries, crime is the paramount public policy issue, deciding elections and changing the relationship between the people and their government. The crime problem in this region has been well researched, including recent work by UNDP and the World Bank, as well as previous UNODC assessments on Central America (2007) and the Caribbean (2007, with the World Bank). There is no need to duplicate this work, so the present study will focus on what is widely recognized to be the central threat confronting the region today

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