• 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

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: Organised crime - much more than drugs and thugs

    08 March 2015.  By Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development Strategically speaking, organised crime has only relatively recently earned a spot on the agenda of world’s leaders and international bodies. Yet, nowadays very few people would argue that organised crime is simply a policing problem and international campaigns are underway to sensitise the public and to urge action against one illicit activity or another. We now even have a World Wildlife Day...

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Latin American Cities and Insecurity

    07 March 2015.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development Latin America has established itself as an essential trade hub for the expanded South-South networks of goods, services and information. The commodities boom during the last decade boosted GDP growth and employment and broadly reduced social inequality, making countries such as those in the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) even more attractive destinations for investment and trade.  Globalisation is most visible in...

  • Cartagena Dialogue

    Conflict Resolution and Rebuilding Societies: Conflict Resolution and Rebuilding Societies: Gen Óscar Naranjo

    07 March 2015. 

    IISS Cartagena Dialogue: Fourth Plenary Session
    Gen (Retd) Óscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo, Counsel Minister for Post Conflict, Human Rights and Security, Colombia

  • Geo-economics and Strategy Conferences

    The Strategic Implications of Organised Criminal Markets

    30 January 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Conference
    A joint initiative by the IISS Security and Development Programme
    and the IISS Geo-Economics and Strategy Programme
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    30 January-01 February 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Council on Foreign Relations: Building a Better Drug Control Regime

    13 November 2014.  By Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development When world leaders such as Kofi Annan, the former presidents of Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil, business tycoon Richard Branson, and other prominent personalities established the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) in 2011, they may not have expected such a swift impact. The goal of GCDP, a panel of twenty-two prominent leaders that issues reports on drug policy, is to "bring to...

  • 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

  • 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

    Antônio Sampaio: The Evolution of Hybrid Armed Groups

    24 September 2014.  By Antônio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Security and Development An improvised explosive device was detonated near a road as a Colombian police convoy passed by it in the small rural town of Tierradentro, Córdoba department, on 16 September. Seven officers were killed. The scale of the attack was shocking in itself given that it was perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the middle of advanced peace negotiations...

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