• 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. 

  • Survival

    Book Reviews

    11 May 2015. 

    Politics and International Relations Gilles Andréani

    Latin America Russell Crandall

    Europe Erik Jones

  • Strategic Comments

    US and Cuba: remaking of a relationship

    05 May 2015. 

    Unless the Cuban government enters a new phase of repression, the changes under way now appear irreversible. That does not mean, however, that they will fully succeed in their object of restoring normal relations.

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: The bricks to rebuild IBSA

    28 April 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy Google the acronym 'IBSA' and you will get news about the International Blind Sports Federation and the Illinois Baptist State Association. When was the last time you heard about the other IBSA? At the time of its launch a decade ago, IBSA was referred to as the coming together of the 'biggest democracies' of Asia, Latin America and Africa – India, Brazil and South...

  • ACD Insight

    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...

  • 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.

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