The Western Hemisphere Security Analysis Center (WHEMSAC) is jointly operated and directed by US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Applied Research Center at Florida International University (FIUARC) and provides a multidisciplinary approach to regional security analysis. WHEMSAC brings together regional experts from government, academic, private sectors and civil society focused on advancing the understanding of critical issues within Latin America and the Caribbean that affect regional security and stability. WHEMSAC also identifies and analyzes non-traditional opportunities for information and technology exchanges between the U.S. Government and Western Hemisphere nations that directly enhance regional security.

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Submissions from 2011

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Latin America and the Caribbean in 2011 and Beyond: A conversation among Latin America and Caribbean Specialists.

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The Transitioning Economic Dynamics of the Military in Communist Regimes: A Comparison of Cuba, China and Vietnam [Student's Paper Series], Michael Aranda, Graduate Student

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China's Relations with Brazil and Argentina and Implications for U.S. Security Concerns [Student's Paper Series], Pablo Atencio, Master's Degree Program

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The Security Challenges for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Luis Bitencourt

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Democratizing Violence: The Case of the Dominican Republic, Lilian Bobea

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An Analysis of the Implications of Joint Military Structures in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia, Thomas Bruneau

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Building Regional Security: Cooperation in the 21st Century: The Case of the Caribbean Regional Security System [RSS], Anthony T. Bryan, Ph.D.

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Land Ownership Transfers in the Péten, Guatemala., Miguel L. Castillo-Girόn, Ph.D.

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Armed Groups and Violence in Paraguay, Hugo Corrales Compagnucci

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ALBA: A Political Tool for Venezuela’s Foreign Policy, Erich de la Fuente

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The Current State of Argentina's Oil Industry, Erich de la Fuente

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Capabilities of Police and Military Forces in Central America -- A Comparative Analysis of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras an d Nicaragua, Carmen Rosa de León-Escribano

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Lan American Coups: Have They Vanished or Taken New Shapes?, Prof. Rut Diamint, Prof. Pablo Policzer, and Dr. Michael Shifter

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Islamist Cyber Networks in Spanish-Speaking Latin America, Douglas Farah

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Mapping Transnational Crime in El Salvador: New Trends and Lessons from Colombia, Douglas Farah

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Human Security and Crime in Latin America: The political Capital and Political Impact of Criminal Groups and Belligerents Involved in Illicit Economies, Vanda Felbab-Brown

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Law Enforcement Actions in Urban Spaces Governed by Violent Non-State Entities: Lessons from Latin America, Vanda Felbab-Brown

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The Rise of Native Voices Against Natural Resource Extraction in Latin America [Student's Paper Series], Andreina Fernandez Fuenmayor, Ph.D. Candidate

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Two Decades Out of the Whirlpool: Past (and Possible Future) United States Interventions in Latin America [Student's Paper Series], David Fields, Ph.D. Candidate

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The Re-Emergence of Suriname’s Désiré (Desi) Bouterse: Political Acumen and Geopolitical Anxiety, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith Ph.D.

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Rio and the Reds: The Comando Vermelho, Organized Crime and Brazil’s Economic Ascent [Student’s Paper Series], Regina Joseph, M.Sc. Candidate

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Silence by Stealth: Freedom of the Press and Polarization in Latin America, Jairo Lugo-Ocando

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Indigenous Movements, Democracy, and U.S. Interests in Latin America, Raúl L. Madrid

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Beyond the Pay: Current Illicit Activities of the Armed Forces in Central America, Kristina Mani, Ph.D.

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Innovating from the War Economy: Formal, Informal, and Illicit Economic Activities of the Military in Colombia, Kristina Mani, Ph.D.

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Out of Challenge, Opportunity: Central America's Electric Sector & Key Issues and Recommendations for Enhanced Regional Electric Integration, Jeremy M. Martin, Director, Energy Program

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Mexican Cartels Influence In Central America, Antonio L. Mazzitelli

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The New Transatlantic Bonanza: Cocaine on Highway 10., Antonio L. Mazzitelli

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Food Security in Latin America, Adriana Moreno Blanco, International Consultant

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The Indigenous in Plurinational Bolivia: Perceptions of Indigenous People in Bolivia Before & During the Morales Government, Daniel E. Moreno Morales, Ph.D.

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Climate Change and Regions at Risk: A Look at Central America, Norman D. H. Munroe

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Venezuela and Chile: Two Opposite Paths of Democratic Consolidation and Economic Development., Patricio Navia

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Peru’s Shining Path: Recent Dynamics and Future Prospects, David Scott Palmer and Alberto Bolivar

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Brazil Under Dilma Rousseff: Similar Policy Directions Maintained., Carlos Pereira

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The Basis of Support for Hugo Chávez: Measuring the Determinants of Presidential Job Approval in Venezuela, Orlando J. Pérez, Ph.D

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Private Security Trends and Challenges in Latin America [Student's Paper Series], Antonie Perret, Ph.D. Candidate

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The Impact of the Internet in Six Latin American Countries, Paola Prado Ph.D.

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The Use of the Military for Law Enforcement Activities in Central America, Rodolfo F. Robles-Montoya

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Guatemala: A Failing State?, J. Mark Ruhl

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Disater Risk Management Disparity in the Caribbean: Evidence from Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, Juan Pablo Sarmiento and Gabriela Hoberman

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Latin America: Nuclear Capabilities, Intentions and Threat Perceptions, Harold A. Trinkunas

Submissions from 2010

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Lithium and Bolivia: The Promise and the Problems, Bruce Bagley, Ph.D. and Olga Nazario, Ph.D.

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Criminal Fiefdoms in Latin America: Understanding the Problem of Alternatively Governed Spaces, Hal Brands, Ph.D.

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Uranium in Latin America: Reserves, Energy, and Security Implications, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) and the Applied Research Center

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Cuba’s Role in Venezuela’s Control of the Internet and Online Social Networks, Erich de la Fuente

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Consolidating Security and Development in Colombia: Lessons for Peru and Panama, Ambassador Peter DeShazo

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Domestic Politics in the Dominican Republic after the Earthquake in Haiti, Brian Fonseca, Senior Security and Political Analyst

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Defense Expenditure: Andean and Amazon Regions, Iñigo Guevara Moyano

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Defense Expenditure: Central America and The Dominican Republic, Iñigo Guevara Moyano

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Defense Expenditures: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay, Iñigo Guevara Moyano

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South American Defense Council: What it Means for Regional Security?, Johanna Mendelson-Forman

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Raúl Castro's Government: Recent Economic Reforms and Some Political Considerations., Dr. Marifeli Pérez-Stable

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Altered Landscape or Arms Race? Making Sense of Military Spending in South America, Bradley S. Porter

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Independent Monitoring the Cuban Economic Zone Oil Development, Dr. John Proni, Executive Director

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Hondura's Stressed Social Fabric: Instability and Risks, The WHEMSAC Team, Applied Research Center