• IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Criminal ambushes in Jalisco - a hyper-violent wave of cartel brutality

    16 April 2015.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development Criminal attacks against the police and even the armed forces are nothing new in Mexico. Since 2006, organised crime in the country has adopted militarised strategy in order to compete in a crowded drug-trafficking market. But even Mexicans have been surprised and shocked in recent weeks by a display of heightened military prowess and boldness from criminal groups. A series of well-organised ambushes...

  • Expert Commentary

    France 24: Where do the anti-FARC camp raids leave the peace process?

    16 April 2015.  Interview with Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 1, Part III: Crime and Conflict

    14 April 2015.  Organised crime is usually considered an issue of law and order that should be dealt with by the police. It is seldom associated with conflict. And yet, for centuries, the two have gone hand in hand. Armies have plundered to pay for their campaigns, while pirates and bandits have used armed violence to acquire treasure.

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 8: Latin America

    14 April 2015.  Central America (Northern Triangle)
    Mexico (Cartels)

  • Strategic Comments

    Petrobras scandal casts cloud over Brazil's prospects

    30 March 2015. 

    The vast corruption scandal engulfing Petrobras comes after years of problems tied to excessively political management of the company. Public anger both at the scandal and an economic slowdown is undermining President Dilma Rousseff's popularity.

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Colombia focuses on post-conflict challenges as FARC conflict de-escalates

    30 March 2015.  Two significant announcements were made in March related to the de-escalation of the conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Many in Colombia believe these are the first steps towards the end of the conflict waged by the western hemisphere’s largest and longest-running insurgent group.

  • Events

    The Road to Peace in Colombia: Illegal Economies and Armed Groups

    26 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Oscar Palma,
    Director of the Observatory on Security and Transnational Crime, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
    Kristian Herbolzheimer,
    Director of Colombia and Philippines Programmes, Conciliation Resources
    Dr Annette Idler,
    Senior Research Associate, Changing Character of War Programme, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 26 March 2015, 5:00-6:30pm

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Revive pan-Pacific trade between Asia and Latin America

    13 March 2015.  As Mark Twain once said, history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. About 450 years ago, the galleon trade between Acapulco in Mexico and Manila started, and lasted more than 250 years. Trans-shipment trade via the Philippines flourished, as New World silver from Latin America was traded for porcelain, lacquerware and manufactured goods from China. Between 1500 to 1870, China was the world's biggest economy. Today, China is on track to regain...

  • IISS Voices

    Former Brazilian minister of defence at the IISS Cartagena Dialogue

    09 March 2015.  After speaking in the Fifth Plenary session, 'An Agenda for Trans-Pacific Cooperation', former Brazilian minister of defence Celso Amorim offers his thoughts on the IISS Cartagena Dialogue

  • Cartagena Dialogue

    Asian Perspectives on the Pacific Alliance: Q&A

    08 March 2015. 

    IISS Cartagena Dialogue: Second Plenary Session

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