Category Archives: Africa

Cops & seat belts

In South Africa, more police die in car crashes than are murdered, as reported here. For the period 2012-2015, on-duty police crash deaths exceeded assault fatalities by 117 to 93, while the off-duty gap was even greater at 71% (313 … Continue reading

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Catching up in South Africa

Some 69,000 promotions and grade progressions have been backlogged in the South African Police Service since 2011. This year nearly half have been caught up, ahead of schedule in a 3-year plan, as reported here. In addition, 5000 entry-level SAPS … Continue reading

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Women, peace and security

This blog post notes the approaching 20th anniversary of the UN resolution on Women, Peace and Security, which promotes “gender mainstreaming in militaries and peacekeeping missions.” It also reviews a new book detailing both accomplishments and challenges of WPS, including … Continue reading

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Terrorism at lowest level since 2002

Global terrorism has been decreasing steadily since 2002. The number of terror attacks decreased 19.8% in 2017, following drops of 9.2% and 11.5% in the preceding two years, according to this article. Terrorism-related deaths declined 24.2% in 2017 following drops … Continue reading

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Countering organized crime in the Horn of Africa

This columnĀ is an interview with a UNODC official responsible for countering organized crime and illegal trafficking. His unit together with Interpol held a workshop in Eritrea and have been working closely with police and others in East Africa for the … Continue reading

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State security service in Nigeria

This column discusses recent improvements in Nigeria’s domestic intelligence/state security agency, the DSS. It had become highly politicized under recent administrations, seeking greater publicity but losing effectiveness and credibility. Since August a new director has returned the agency to a … Continue reading

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Global Law & Order Report

Gallup’s latest law & order report, based on 148,000 surveys in 142 countries in 2017, can be accessed here. Residents of Venezuela felt least safe and also had the least confidence in police. Regionally, people in Latin America and the … Continue reading

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