Robert Muggah is the research director of the Brazil-based Igarapé Institute in Rio de Janeiro, and oversees research at the SecDev Foundation in Canada. He is a contributor to the
Global Commission on Drug Policy.
consider brokering a broader conversation on development that includes
peacebuilding at its heart. At the same time, its diplomats can constructively
challenge the creeping securitization of development.
Awareness has not necessarily translated into more investment in good governance or poverty-reduction programmes. Instead, the US has supported training of local special forces units in counter-terrorism.
The United States and
others in NATO are looking to Brazil to help shoulder the burden in the world´s
hot-spots, including Syria. Until now, Brazil has refused, but is focusing too obsessively
on negotiations inside the United Nations.
More than sixty
musicians were threatened with death immediately after El Duke´s funeral. The
ceremony was considered a provocation by armed criminal groups,
or BaCrim as they are known in Colombia. But ultimately, the police
must demonstrate that they are in the business of protection and not
A deep strategic rethink is needed to reverse the dismal failure of the war on drugs and gangs, particularly in the way this has been fought across Central America and the Caribbean. Intimate community engagement and integral policy approaches are crucial steps in moving on from the bankrupt iron fist.
Jamaica is at the forefront of the Caribbean's fight against gangs, but the country needs to recognise that this is a complex struggle in which strong-arm tactics can be counter-productive, argues Robert Muggah and Glaister Leslie.