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Urban Peacebuilding: Lessons from Latin America’s Mayors

Latin American cities are among the most violent places in the world, but some municipalities have made significant — albeit fragile — improvements in security. USIP held a discussion about criminal violence with local officials from Colombia, Mexico and the northern tier of Central America. These frontline officials discussed both the ongoing challenges of providing the immediate security that citizens demand while also addressing the long-term structural drivers of violent crime.