• The Military Balance

    Chapter 8: Latin America

    18 February 2015.  Combating organised crime; Central America; Merging police with military capabilities and responses; Equipment acquisitions and plans; Regional defence economics
    Brazil: Internal security priorities; Decision reached on FX-2
    Colombia: Defence-policy drivers; Armed forces; Defence economics

  • Strategic Comments

    Nicaragua’s canal project stirs concerns

    14 January 2015. 

    A vast canal project, which will link Nicaragua's Atlantic and Pacific coasts and rival the Panama Canal, could transform the country's economy. But the project has courted controversy since its formal approval 18 months ago, not least because of its close links to China.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Noise and Signal in Climate Science

    18 December 2014.  The last week or so has been a busy one for watchers of climate change and climate politics. On Monday I weighed in on the UN summit in Lima. But three other stories also drew my attention: new data on Arctic ice loss; 2014’s record temperatures and the end of the ‘pause’, and Denmark’s ‘claim’ to the North Pole. For all three, there is less than meets the eye, but...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Reason, Finally, on Cuba

    17 December 2014.  When news broke today on the Obama administration’s breakthrough of diplomatic relations with Cuba, I thought back to the Survival article by Linda Robinson advocating these steps. What I didn’t quite remember was that this article was published more than 14 years ago. That’s a long time, but only a fraction of the time that America’s embargo and policies of isolation against its neighbor have been a stunning and manifest failure. It...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: UN Climate Summit in Lima - The Road to Paris

    15 December 2014.  In the early-morning hours on Sunday, two days past the scheduled deadline, negotiators at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, agreed a ‘Lima Call for Climate Action’. The decision ran to 22 paragraphs over four pages, outlining the ‘ground rules’ for national emissions-reduction pledges in the run-up to adopting a comprehensive global agreement at the December 2015 climate summit in Paris. Appended to the document were 39-pages of...

  • Strategic Comments

    Illegal mining strengthens criminal groups in Latin America

    12 November 2014. 

    Governments across Latin America are enhancing their efforts to tackle the lucrative business of illegal mining. They are seeking to bring small-scale miners into the formal economy and to regulate their operations, while simultaneously shutting down operations run by criminal groups.

  • IISS Voices

    John Chipman: IISS Cartagena Dialogue - The Trans-Pacific Summit

    06 November 2014.  By Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS The IISS is delighted to launch a new international ‘Dialogue’ following in the footsteps of the successful Shangri-La Dialogue (Singapore) and Manama Dialogue (Bahrain). The inaugural ‘IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit’ will convene from 6–8 March in Cartagena, Colombia. The summit enjoys the full support of the government of Colombia. A number of businesses have also confirmed sponsorship of...

  • News

    Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

  • Events

    Brazil’s Political Landscape: New Demands, New Actors

    21 October 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Marcus Freitas 
    Professor of International Law and International Relations,
    Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), Brazil 
    Dr Anthony Pereira
    Director of the Brazil Institute, King’s College London
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 21 October 2014

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