Antonio Sampaio

Antonio Sampaio

Research Associate for Security and Development



  • Urban security and development, organised crime
  • Latin America, cities in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Security policy issues in complex urban environments, political and conflict geography in urban areas, transitions from conflict, trend analysis of criminal violence and corruption

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Summary: Antônio Sampaio examines security and developmental trends in urban areas. In particular, he looks at the relationship between armed violence and socio-economic development in the large urban centres of Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He conducts research and consultancy on these issues, and on criminal violence trends in Mexico, Central America and Brazil.


  • 2006–10: Editor at the International Desk, Globo TV, Brazil
  • 2013–14: Research Analyst for Latin America, IISS

Selected Publications:

  • 'The Utility of Force in Cities: Future Challenges of US Army Urban Stabilization Efforts', in Romaniuk, S. N. & Grice, F. (eds.), The Future of US Warfare. Abingdon, UK: Routledge (forthcoming).
  • 'Violent Cities Need Whole-Government Solutions', Beyondbrics, Financial Times, 12 October 2015
  • 'South America after Chavez', Survival: Global Politics and Strategy ( 55–3, 2013)

About the Security and Development Programme:

The Security and Development Programme studies how armed violence affects large urban centres in less-developed countries and limits their ability to meet development goals. In doing so, the team produces policy recommendations to mitigate the impact of insecurity, build resilience and reduce vulnerability to future challenges facing large cities in developing and emerging countries. The programme also considers the effectiveness of existing military and non-military responses to hybrid threats, with particular attention to the international challenge of organised crime.

Joined IISS: July 2011

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