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Steven Dudley is the co-director of InSight, a joint initiative of American University and the FundaciĆ³n Ideas para la Paz in Colombia, South America, aimed at monitoring, analyzing and investigating organized crime in the Americas. Based in Washington D.C., Dudley works with a team of five investigators and various contributors throughout the region to give the public a more complete view of how organized crime works in the Americas, as well as its impact on public policy and communities from the Rio Grande to Patagonia.

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As a longtime reporter, investigator and consultant, he specializes in:

  • Breaking down security issues on-the-ground in conflict situations (pdf)
  • Studying trends and tendencies of organized crime (pdf)
  • Analyzing political crises (pdf)
  • Reporting on corporate social responsibility (pdf), environmental subjects (pdf), human rights issues (pdf)
  • Investigating international (pdf) and local justice systems (pdf)

Recent examples of his work include a background report (pdf) for the International Crisis Group on Guatemala, and a research paper (pdf) on drug trafficking in Central America for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. His most recent article (pdf) on Guatemala appeared in Foreign Policy, and he recently spoke (listen) to the BBC about the submarines used to traffic drugs through the Pacific Ocean. He also reported (listen) from Ciudad Juarez for the BBC, and his documentary film aired on Colombia's RCN Television in September 2010.

He is an expert on Latin America, where he lived for over 15 years, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He is the author of a book on Colombia's civil war. His other current projects include a documentary film; researching, analyzing and writing policy briefs on extradition cases; investigating human rights abuses in Honduras.

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