• 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Strategic Comments

    New approaches to Central American organised crime

    05 September 2014. 

    The adoption of new security policies integrating civilian and military approaches to tackle transnational criminal groups is symptomatic of the limitations of local police forces, as well as the drawbacks of relying too heavily on military interventions.

  • Survival

    Democracy and the Mexican Cartels

    19 May 2014.  In El Narco, journalist Ioan Grillo provides an overview of the history and dynamics of the Mexican drug war.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Twelve: Maritime security in the Asia-Pacific

    08 May 2014. 

    What is maritime security?; Maritime disputes: Japan and its neighbours; Maritime disputes: the Korean Peninsula; Maritime disputes: norms, principles and regulation; Piracy and maritime crime; Piracy; Human trafficking and smuggling; Arms and narcotics trafficking; The link with fishing; Maritime constabulary agencies; Maritime-security collaboration; Conclusion

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Guerrillas, criminals and something in between

    26 March 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America Latin America has become a case study in the fusion of guerrilla warfare and criminality. During the 2000s, leftist guerrilla groups in Colombia suffered increased pressure from government forces, leading them to fragment and their military capabilities to weaken. The remaining fighters and structures have become more connected with the economic drivers of the armed movement than with its long-standing ideology, or any...

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Armed groups and security in Colombia

    14 March 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America Negotiations in Havana, Cuba between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have gone further than any other dialogue between the two sides in the approximately 50-year conflict. Having reached preliminary agreements on rural reform and political participation, the two sides are now discussing the issue of drug trafficking. But authorities attempting to implement any peace agreement will face...

  • Events

    Armed Groups and the Challenges for Security in Colombia

    12 March 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Javier Ciurlizza, Program Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Crisis Group
    Annette Idler, Doctoral Candidate, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 12 March 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

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