Category Archives: Africa

Tackling corruption in Malawi

This article summarizes a police corruption study in Malawi, one of the 10 poorest countries in the world. Perhaps not surprisingly, researchers found that traffic police at checkpoints were most likely to ignore visible offenses when drivers appeared wealthy. Once … Continue reading

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Restarting police reform in Tunisia

Reforming police was one of the aims of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, but progress has stalled, according to this essay from the Middle East Institute. One reason is that the public rates economic problems as the country’s highest priority, with crime, … Continue reading

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Interpol trying to mend

This article reviews the evolution of Interpol over the last 20 years, including current attempts to rein in the abuse of red notices. Right after the events of September 11, 2001, the agency began emphasizing more information sharing and streamlining … Continue reading

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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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