• Events

    Violence, Organised Crime and Mexico’s Search for a Strategy

    02 September 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Raul Benitez-Manaut, Researcher, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
    Prof. Guadalupe Gonzalez, Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 2 September, 12.30pm-1:30pm

  • Expert Commentary

    France 24: Colombian community takes on drug gangs

    30 July 2015.  Interview with Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development  Buenaventura is Colombia's main port on the Pacific coast and local authorities and investors are eager to transform it into a touristic destination, but the town has fallen prey to brutal drug-related gang violence over recent years. Armed gangs use torture, blackmail and extortion to control the disadvantaged  Pacific coastline communities in the region, as they are ideal locations for...

  • IISS Voices

    Antônio Sampaio: Shifts in heroin trafficking highlight organised crime threats in East Africa

    09 July 2015. 

  • Events

    Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives and UNGASS 2016

    19 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Caroline Chatwin
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent
    Martin Jelsma
    Director of the Drugs and Democracy Programme at the Transnational Institute
    Vanda Felbab-Brown
    Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives & UNGASS 2016 at The Brookings Institution
    James Windle
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 19 June 2015, 10am-12pm

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 4: Murder on the Mekong: The long arm of Chinese law

    24 May 2015. 

    The murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River in October 2011 prompted a technically still non-interventionist Beijing to become de facto a river cop along Southeast Asia’s longest waterway.

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Hyper-violent criminality and its strategic effects in Latin America

    22 May 2015.  The territorial and military power acquired by criminal groups in the northern triangle of Central America and Mexico is characterised by the use of 'hyper-violent' tactics. The current levels of violence paint a complex picture of criminal networks and gang warfare, both of which have profoundly destabilising effects on developing countries. 

  • News

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

    20 April 2015.  A display of heightened military prowess and boldness from criminal groups has shocked Mexicans in recent weeks. A series of well-organised ambushes in western Jalisco state has left 28 dead, most of them police officers.

  • 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...

  • 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)

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