Crime

Reducing Violence in South Africa

Despite having achieved massive reductions in homicide levels since 1994, South Africa is one of the ten most violent countries in the world. Has the South African government’s emphasis on policing and the criminal justice system to address crime and violence been the right policy choice? Southern Voices Network Scholar Chandré Gould argues that to see the long-term trend towards lower violence levels sustained, a radical shift has to occur in how the state spends resources to combat crime. She explains in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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Glimmers of Light: Opportunities for Preventing Violence in South Africa

On April 10, 2018, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted an event entitled, “Glimmers of Light: Opportunities for Preventing Violence in South Africa.”  Introductory remarks were given by Ms. Deborah Carey, Program Assistant at the Wilson Center Africa Program. Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program, moderated the event. This event featured Dr.

Beyond 'Coyotes': Current Trends in the Facilitation of Irregular Migration in Latin America

For generations, the persona of the coyote, or smuggler, as facilitator of irregular migration has been a central figure in Latin American migrants’ accounts of their journeys ‘up north.’ While traditionally viewed as providing a necessary service, smugglers are increasingly depicted as violent and predatory men often operating in collusion with other illicit networks for the sole purpose of obtaining financial profits. This narrative, while compelling, often obscures the fact that migrants' reliance on coyotes is a response to multiple factors. 

Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

In the past few years, Mexico has taken a number of steps to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons, and to protect its victims. The country’s government has signed international anti-trafficking conventions and taken some aspects of widely-accepted international definitions of this crime into account when drafting its anti-trafficking legislation.

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Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico

Los Zetas where once Mexico's most feared criminal organization dominating important smuggling routes from Central America into the United States. Their success was based in part on a business model that combined brute strength and predatory business practices. Join us for a discussion with the author of a new book, Los Zetas, Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico and a panel of experts on the nature of criminal enterprise and the challenges of controlling illicit economies. 

The War on Drugs: The Narco States of North America

Too many Americans are dying from trafficked illegal drugs, and too many Mexicans are dying from violence related to the criminal gangs that traffic drugs. That is the unfortunate summary of a shared problem: Mexican organized crime groups help feed U.S. demand for illegal drugs, and in turn, many billions of U.S. dollars feed the violence and corruption which the criminal groups spawn in Mexico.

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