Falling victim to crime can make business operations unprofitable, but cooperating with criminals can prove even more costly.
Colombian President Ivan Duque may make some concessions, such as increased social spending and delaying reforms, but he will not make enough to quell the unrest.
From disruptive protests in Hong Kong and across Latin America to Russia's and China's increasingly sophisticated espionage tactics, see an excerpt of what threats our security analysts are keeping a close eye on in the year ahead.
The harsh reality is that economics dictate that the flow of contraband across the U.S.-Mexico border will never end as long as there is a huge market in the United States.
As it seeks to counter U.S. interests in Latin America, Russia is turning to an old playbook. But instead of arming Marxist groups with weapons, this time Moscow's arming anti-government protesters with rhetoric.
Whatever concessions he makes, President Sebastian Pinera will have a tough time satisfying Chile's diverse protest movement.
Ongoing political uncertainty and protests over Bolivia's recent presidential election could limit the country's ability to exploit its abundant natural resources.
The deaths of Americans will increase the pressure on the Mexican government, but criminal groups are firmly entrenched in this region.