92f1930346f86fe80ed64a09_dr3847c.jpg Dean Rohrer

Venezuela’s Republic of Crime

Venezuela’s crime rates have increased more than any other Latin American country’s in the past few years, with Caracas vying for the title of the world's most dangerous city. But the usual explanations – income inequality and poor human development – don't tell the full story.

WASHINGTON, DC – The recent kidnapping of Carlos Pujalte, Mexico’s ambassador to Venezuela, has cast an unflattering light on the latter country’s declining public safety. Over the past year, several diplomats have suffered a similar fate in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital.