Category Archives: South America

Armed groups in Venezuela

This article details the armed groups allied with the Maduro government in the current crisis in Venezuela. One key group is FAES, an elite tactical unit within the national police created in 2017 that has “morphed into little more than … 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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Homicide in Latin America in 2018

This article reports homicide numbers and rates throughout Latin America for 2018. Venezuela continued to have the highest rate, followed by El Salvador, Jamaica, and Honduras. Chile had the lowest rate by far, followed by Paraguay and Argentina. One country … 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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Violence reduction in Ecuador & Colombia

This article focuses on Ecuador and the city of Cali, Colombia, two success stories for violence reduction in Latin America. Ecuador has dropped its homicide rate from 18 per 100,000 to 6 since 2010, second best in the region, with … 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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