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Brazil's SIVAM: As It Monitors the Amazon, Will It Fulfill its Human Security Promise?

As Brazil implements its System for Vigilance of the Amazon (SIVAM), the country's leadership continues to tout the system as a major effort towards achieving its national security objectives--especially (a) preserving the country's sovereignty over its territories in that tropical forest region; (b) assisting in Amazon law enforcement, particularly in deterring illegal flights associated with contraband and narco-trafficking; and (c) providing environmental information aimed at promoting sustainable development and the preservation of natural habitats in the Amazon.

Mafia & Co.

Mafia & Co. provides an analytical perspective of the inner workings and expansion of organized crime in three Latin American countries. Juan Carlos Garzon, a Colombian political scientist, provides a comparative investigation looking specifically at criminal networks in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. Published by Planeta, this book was published in August 2008, with the support of the Fundacion Seguridad y Democracia and the Open Society Institute.

Global Drug Trafficking: Africa's Expanding Role

Africa's role in the drug trafficking industry is a strong testament to the interplay of supply and demand market expansion, to the hybridization of transnational organized crime syndicates, as well as to the need for a paradigm shift in domestic, regional and international approaches to drug trafficking interdiction. On May 28, 2009, the Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center convened a conference to assess the situation of international drug trafficking and the increasingly important role that Africa plays.

Why Fighting Crime Can Assist Development in Africa

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Moderator: Howard Wolpe, Director, Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Captive in the Congo: A Consul's Return to the Heart of Darkness

Summary of a meeting with Michael P. Hoyt, Former Consul in the Congo.

Macedonia between Conflict and Stability: Overcoming Corruption, Violence and Nationalism

Macedonia Between Conflict and Stability: Overcoming Corruption, Violence and Nationalism
September 24, 2003

Staff-prepared summary of the East European Studies discussion with Ed Joseph, Former Director of the Macedonia Project, International Crisis Group and EES Research Scholar

Shaking Off the Shakedown State? Crime and Corruption in Post-Ohrid Macedonia

Staff-prepared summary of the East European Studies discussion with Robert Hislope, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Union College and a Title-VIII JSTS Alumnus.

Combating Organized Crime in the Balkans

Staff-prepared summary of the East European Studies discussion with David Binder, Correspondent for MSNBC and former New York Times correspondent, and Dr. John F. Markey, Director of Law Enforcement Assistance Programs and Coordinator of SECI at the U.S. Department of State.

Tragedy, Transition and Transformation: Tracing the Local-International Nexus of Transnational Organized Crime in the Balkans

Summary of the East European Studies seminar with Louise Shelley, Director of the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at American University, DC; and Christopher Corpora, an Analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense and a Ph.D. Candidate at American University, DC.

Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America

Latin America’s crime rates are astonishing by any standard—the region’s homicide rate is the world’s highest. This crisis continually traps governments between the need for comprehensive reform and the public demand for immediate action, usually meaning iron-fisted police tactics harking back to the repressive pre-1980s dictatorships.