Security and Defense Publications

The Islamic State as Icarus: A Critical Assessment of An Untenable Threat

Oct 05, 2015
Few if any international security threats are consuming the world’s attention as much as the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS. What is the true nature of this threat, and particularly beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq? What threat does the group pose in neighboring countries and other key regions, and particularly South Asia?

Tough on the Weak, Weak on the Tough

Sep 29, 2015
Wilson Center Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón investigates the main impacts of drug law enforcement on policing and in Latin America.

How to Reduce Violence in Guerrero

Sep 21, 2015
Guerrero is one of the most violent and dangerous states in Mexico. In light of the gravity of the issues at hand, this article will aim to answer two closely related questions: Why did violence in Guerrero escalate over the last few years, and what can citizens and the authorities do to check the state's worrisome levels of violence? This paper is available in both English and Spanish.

Mexico: The Fight Against Corruption

Sep 21, 2015
In this paper, Mauricio Merino discusses Mexico's fight against corruption and reviews the ongoing reforms to promote transparency and curtail corruption. This paper is available in both English and Spanish.

Duros contra los débiles, débiles frente a los duros

Sep 15, 2015
Este artículo se propone identificar los principales impactos de la aplicación de las leyes de drogas en el accionar policial. El texto señala cuatro efectos asociados: 1) La represión enfocada en los delitos menores y los eslabones más débiles de la cadena; 2) Patrones de detención frecuentemente basados en estereotipos que recaen sobre las poblaciones más vulnerables; 3) Corrupción y penetración del crimen organizado; y 4) Uso desmedido de la fuerza y violaciones a los Derechos Humanos.


Aug 22, 2015
Sintesis prescriptiva de elementos y desafios para el éxito de una política pública en seguridad local (In Spanish. English summary also available)

Connecting the Dots: Japan's Strategy to Ensure Security and Economic Growth

Jul 21, 2015
Growing security rivalry between China on the one hand and the United States and Japan on the other has not shaken economic engagement between Beijing, Tokyo, and Washington. But how can regional economic integration and an enhancement of U.S.-Japan military cooperation move forward?

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia-Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

Jul 09, 2015
The eyes and ears of much of Asia will be on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he delivers a speech in August 2015 to commemorate 70 years since the end of World War II. It will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized of Abe’s public addresses to date.

The Unregulated and Threatening Growth of Private Security in Latin America and the Caribbean

Jun 22, 2015
In “The Unregulated and Threatening Growth of Private Security in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Adam Blackwell, current Secretary for Multidimensional Security at the OAS, discusses the problems associated with private security throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

10 Years of Multidimensional Security

Jun 22, 2015
Adam Blackwell, highlights the contributions made by the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) at the OAS. According to Blackwell, the Secretariat has achieved significant accomplishments in the areas of narcotics, gangs and gang violence, de-mining and firearms reduction, cyber security, and nurturing the growth of AMERIPOL.