• IISS Voices

    Insecurity and conflict in the Sinai peninsula

    21 November 2013.  Violence and militant activity in the Sinai has increased to such a degree that the peninsula has been added to the more than 50 other conflicts covered by the IISS’s re-launched Armed Conflict Database (ACD). Our researchers have noted the considerable increase in violence since Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi was removed from power in July. Sporadic attacks targeting Israel; the Egyptian military apparatus; oil and gas pipelines; international peacekeepers; tourists; and...

  • Events

    Modernising Drug Law Enforcement

    06 November 2013. 

    IISS-WOLA-IDPC Discussion Meeting
    Virginia Comolli
    Research Associate for Transnational Threats, IISS
    David Bewley-Taylor
    Associate, International Drug Policy Consortium; Professor, Swansea University, U.K.
    Vanda Felbab-Brown
    Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 06 November

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: The securitisation of drug policy in West Africa

    17 October 2013.  By Virginia Comolli, Research Associate for Transnational Threats  Over the past decade, there has been a growing concern among policymakers, international institutions and the media about West Africa’s role as a transit hub for drug trafficking; added to this are fears that terrorist groups are becoming involved in the drug trade. These issues complicate the already tense interplay between enforcing security and stability on the one hand, and delivering effective aid...

  • Strategic Comments

    Colombia: new approach to guerrilla threat

    14 October 2013. 

    Colombia is reassessing its approach to its decades-long struggle against guerrillas and criminal gangs. It is embarking on reforms of its security services and legal system as part of its efforts to tackle a new hybrid threat: groups with the military know-how of insurgents and the adaptability of criminal actors.

  • Adelphi Books


    23 August 2013. 

    Pocos temas hay que se debatan con tanta pasión como el comercio internacional de narcóticos ilegales. Este debate, impulsado como lo está por una compleja serie de factores morales, éticos e ideológicos, muchos de los cuales no se pueden cuantificar, pone de presente algunas preguntas fundamentales sobre las libertades individuales y sobre los derechos de los Gobiernos a limitarlas.

  • Adelphi Books

    Drogas, inseguridad y Estados fallidos. Los problemas de la prohibición

    23 August 2013.  Las naciones más ricas del mundo han invertido vastas cantidades de sangre y dinero en el seguimiento y la captura de narcotraficantes, distribuidores y consumidores, así como en destruir cultivos y confiscar envíos; sin embargo, el comercio mundial de drogas ilícitas está prosperando, sin que parezca que vaya a disminuir el consumo, a pesar de décadas de prohibición. Drogas, inseguridad y Estados fallidos argumenta que el régimen actual de aplicación...

  • Events

    Adelphi Book Launch at CESED - Drogas Inseguridad y Estados Fallidos

    21 August 2013. 

    Adelphi Book Launch
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Commentator: Daniel Mejía, Director del CESED
    Centro de Estudios sobre Seguridad y Drogas (CESED), Facultad de Economía,
    Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá
    Wednesday 21 August 2013, 7-9pm

  • Events

    Adelphi Book Launch at ITAM - Drogas Inseguridad y Estados Fallidos

    19 August 2013. 

    Adelphi Book Launch
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Commentators: César Martinelli, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Law, ITAM
    Rafael Fernández de Castro, Head of the Department of International Studies, ITAM
    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City
    Monday 19 August 2013, 11:30am-1pm

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: Drugs debate moves forward

    16 August 2013.  By Virginia Comolli, Research Associate for Transnational Threats Since the release of the Adelphi book ‘Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States: The Problems of Prohibition’ in April 2012, there has been a notable change in thinking about drugs and drug policy, and Latin American countries have placed themselves at the front-line of the debate. With this in mind, the IISS is launching the Spanish language edition of the book – 'Drogas, inseguridad...

  • Survival

    Drug Wars

    01 August 2013. 

    The ‘war on drugs’ has failed in its stated goals, but has indirectly helped secure a huge victory in Colombia. We must think carefully before abandoning it altogether.

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