Category Archives: Middle East

Shifting face of international terrorism

Counter-terrorism efforts directed mainly at ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Middle East will need to shift attention to Russian-speaking individuals and networks in the coming years, according to this article. Terror groups that previously resisted oppressive governments in their own … Continue reading

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Year in review

Pleased to report that, during 2018, this blog had 6,798 views by 4,759 visitors from 51 countries, led by the US, Hong Kong, UK, and Canada. Views and visitors were more than double the previous year. The posts most often … Continue reading

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OSCE intelligence-led policing guide now in 8 languages

The OSCE Guidebook on Intelligence-Led Policing, first published in 2017, is now available in 8 languages, according to this announcement, which includes links to each version. The guide is described as “a practical tool for policy-makers, law enforcement managers, criminal … Continue reading

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Transition to local police service in Iraq

This press release announces the beginning of post-ISIL transition in Iraq from security forces to local police, prioritizing “Police Core Functions: 1) Security and Protection Management, 2) Crime Management, 3) Traffic Enforcement Management, 4) Improving Effectiveness of Local Police Service … Continue reading

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Thieves in law

This article discusses interlocking organized crime groups throughout Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, led by “crowned thieves” and “thieves in law.” Many of the leaders are from Georgia where a 2005 crackdown inspired them to take up residence in … Continue reading

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Policing & protecting refugees in Jordan

This article reviews the policing situation in Jordan, particularly related to protection of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. About 20% of the refugees live in official camps where a variety of formal and informal security measures have been implemented … Continue reading

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Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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