• 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)

  • 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...

Welcome to the IISS’ new search feature: here you will find content from the Institute on the topic/region selected. Click ‘advanced search options’ to filter by content type, date, related topics and/or experts.

To see your previous purchases and favourites, log-in to My IISS.