While the United States is fighting terrorism in the Middle East, and contemplates a pivot to Asia, U.S. security planners cannot ignore the threats and challenges closer to home. Latin America is an important economic partner — a market for U.S. products and services, and a source of many goods Americans use daily. Geography allows crises and problems in Latin America to find their way to the United States. 

The Latin America Security Report covers security issues such as state conflict, insurgencies, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, gangs and urban violence, and international criminal and terrorist activities. 

The experiences of states in Latin America are rich and diverse, and many of these experiences are relevant and applicable to other developing regions in the world and in post-conflict and reconstruction efforts. 

Editorial Board

James Murphy spent eight years in senior leadership roles on both House and Senate congressional committees focused on homeland security policy. James received his M.S. in Cybersecurity from Johns Hopkins. He joined Homeland Security Review in September 2017.

Joseph Lawson has been covering Latin America for leading security and foreign affairs publications for over fifteen years. He has lived in Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela where he covered the effects of drug and human trafficking on U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University.

David Bain covers healthcare policy and law. David holds a Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School; and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sarah Crown has been reporting on mental health for twenty years. She began her journalism career in the U.K. covering technological advancements for the detection and treatment of mental health disorders. She now lives in Boston, Massachusetts and is working on her first book on mental health stereotypes across cultures.

Steven Cunningham reports on cybersecurity, biometrics, surveillance, and detection. Steven has been covering the relationship between technology and law for the past six years. He holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science from University of Virginia and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

Kevin Stein is a veteran intelligence analyst with over twenty years of experience advising governments, NGOs, and corporations. Kevin reports on military, public safety, terrorism, and governance.

Salisu Danyaro has been a technology consultant in Africa for twenty years. Salisu reports on cybersecurity, technology, governance, and infrastructure. He resides in the Greater Philadelphia Area and Kano, Nigeria.

Kristen Cooks covers public health, water, and climate issues. She holds a graduate journalism degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she resides.

Shane Duffy reports on research and technology in the water sector. Shane spent six years as head of a local public waterworks office in South Africa, before moving to Denver, where he now consults water-tech startups.

James ‘Jim’ O’Brian covers news and analysis on the impact of aging water infrastructure on public health and the environment. James holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Marcelo Rodriguez studies open data governance and compliance across members of the Open Government Partnership. He holds an M.S. in Information Security from Brandeis University.

Elizabeth J. Mathis advises governments and the private sector on open data and open government policy. She holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Computer Science from Georgetown University.

Jake Simons is a data scientist and data policy expert for financial and insurance institutions. He helped draft some of the earliest works on data governance and data privacy for financial data. Jake covers private and public sector open data solutions.

Cindy Yen is a research associate reporting on cybersecurity education and artificial intelligence. Cindy holds an M.S. in Cybersecurity Technology from University of Maryland University College.

Marcelas Graciela reports on public safety and terrorism in Latin America.


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