Tag Archives: Georgia

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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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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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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Thieves in law arrested in Spain

This article reports 130 arrests and searches of 70 properties in Spain and France, following investigation of the Armenian faction of the Russian organized crime group “Thieves in Law,” described as “the largest and most dangerous group in Europe right … Continue reading

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Police encounters along the way

Here’s an interview with a journalist who is on a 7-year walk around the world. He reflects on the 42 times he has been stopped by police during the first two years of his trek.

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New police in Ukraine

This article announces recruitment for a new patrol police force in Kiev, Ukraine. The country hopes to follow the reform model of the Georgian experience by reducing the total number of police, replacing many, and significantly increasing salaries in order … Continue reading

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Moldova & Georgia

This essay contrasts the experiences of Georgia and Moldova, two post-Soviet countries, with regard to police reform and controlling corruption. Their neighbor Ukraine is embarking on police reform now, following the Georgian model.

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