Category Archives: Central America

Global terrorism in 2019

Worldwide, annual terror attacks and deaths have both dropped by about 50% between 2014 and 2019, as reported here. In 2019, the 5th consecutive year of decreases, 8,500 attacks resulted in 20,300 deaths. Afghanistan accounted for 21% of global attacks … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and democratic governance of the security sector

DCAF, the center that studies democratic governance of the security sector, has published a report on the impact of COVID-19, available here. It looks at implications for police, military, border forces, private security, and others. The report notes that “Numerous … Continue reading

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Mental health of police

Mental health problems among police are higher than previously reported, according to a new international systematic review of 67 studies from 24 countries that included 272,463 serving police, reported here. An estimated 26% of police members engage in hazardous drinking, … Continue reading

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Policing the next wave of the pandemic

This op-ed considers the top challenges for policing during the next wave of the pandemic virus. It notes that COVID-19 initially disrupted patterns of street crime in some places, but, in Mexico for example, “premeditated strategic warfare among organized crime … Continue reading

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Virus impact on organized crime in the Americas

This article summarizes the impact of the virus pandemic on organized crime in Latin America, citing examples of criminal organizations supplanting government authority and services, doubling down on cyber crime, and taking advantage of expanded public corruption opportunities. A growth … Continue reading

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Pandemic effects on security in fragile states

This column discusses the immediate and longer-term impacts of the pandemic on security and justice reform in conflict zones and fragile states. It notes that “Armed forces, police agents, civil protection agents, border guards, judiciary, lawyers and penal systems are … Continue reading

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Criminal governance during the pandemic

Organized crime groups in several Latin American countries are enforcing stay-at-home orders and providing residents with virus protection supplies, according to this article. Especially in conflict zones and areas with weak government, criminal groups are often the main actors exerting … Continue reading

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Policing coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus, police are taking extra precautions, revising their operational strategies, being given additional authority, and even asking criminals to take a holiday, as reported here, here, and here. Specific measures adopted in some places include: Encouraging … Continue reading

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Gender & Security Toolkit

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) has published a toolkit on gender and security, available here. One of the components, a publication on policing and gender, is available here. It notes that “Achieving gender equality in and through … Continue reading

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Homicide in Latin America in 2019

This article provides a country-by-country review and analysis of homicide in Latin America in 2019. Venezuela “continues to be the most murderous in Latin America” followed by Jamaica and Honduras. Chile remains the safest, followed by Argentina and Ecuador. Differences … Continue reading

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