Category Archives: Middle East

Global coordination against transnational crime

This column by Interpol reports a meeting in Lyon of regional police organizations (AFRIPOL, AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Europol, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – Frontex, and the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL) along with the Economic … Continue reading

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Security sector change during and after conflict

This column interviews two officials who were heavily involved in police reform efforts in Georgia, Ukraine, and Jordan. They describe how changes were implemented in post-Soviet and post-conflict situations, and even in circumstances of active conflict. International assistance was key … Continue reading

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International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT)

ISSAT, a branch of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, offers “support to the international community to reinforce and strengthen their individual and collective efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states.” … 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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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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