Society, security, and rights

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    Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Demobilisation of this armed group is an opportunity not to be missed. In a context of FARC disarmament and a peace process with the ELN, the state can establish its presence throughout the country and smooth the road to peace, write Juan David Gélvez and Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Who’s invading whom? The complex battle for Rio de Janeiro’s informal settlements on federal land

Who’s invading whom? The complex battle for Rio de Janeiro’s informal settlements on federal land

Depicting favela residents as environmentally destructive invaders serves to justify evictions and undermine community heritage in the name of creating a “modern” city free of potent signs of poverty and inequality, writes Jennifer Chisholm (University of Cambridge).

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    Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

El impulso pacífico de los galeses en un contexto global de brutalidad colonial sobresale como un modelo de generosidad. Pero esta “amistad” sirvió finalmente para reforzar el proyecto colonizador en Argentina y más allá, escribe Lucy Taylor (Aberystwyth University).

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    Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Differential health outcomes are driven by both structural and internalised forms of discrimination, so strategies targeting health disparities amongst Afro-Colombians must adopt an integrated approach, writes Maria Cecilia Dedios (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science).

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    Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

La desmovilización de este grupo armado es una oportunidad que no debe perderse. Dados la salida de las FARC y el proceso de paz con el ELN, puede llevar presencia estatal a todo el país y concretar el camino hacia la paz, escriben Juan David Gélvez y Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    In Latin America as in the wider world, corruption is rooted in our relationships

In Latin America as in the wider world, corruption is rooted in our relationships

Acknowledging that cooperation and corruption are two sides of the same coin can help us to understand why some states succeed and others fail, why some oscillate, and which triggers lead failed states to succeed and successful states to fail, writes Michael Muthukrishna (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science).

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    Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

The PDET process will allow social conflicts to be addressed through democratic discussion and respect for differences, thus helping to create a broad and effective institutional framework with significant potential for transformation, writes Mariana Escobar Arango (Territorial Renewal Agency, Colombia).

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    From suffrage to insurgency, female rebelliousness has always been crucial to peace in Colombia

From suffrage to insurgency, female rebelliousness has always been crucial to peace in Colombia

The feminist movement in Colombia has a long and complex history. Its collective political activities have constructed different subjects made up of multiple identities and political perspectives, yet they have always been united by their desire for peace and their spirit of revolt, writes Erika Rodríguez Gómez (LSE Centre for Women, Peace, and Security).

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    Into the darkness: how illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

Into the darkness: how illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

The increasing scale of illegal surveillance in Latin America – enabled by state procurement of surveillance and hacking software – is raising urgent questions about its impact on civil rights. Fabrizio Scrollini, LSE graduate and chair of DATYSOC (Data and Society), considers how democracies can keep their citizens safe in an age of aggressive surveillance technology.

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    Los Programas de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial pueden transformar la ruralidad y fortalecer la paz en Colombia

Los Programas de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial pueden transformar la ruralidad y fortalecer la paz en Colombia

El proceso de los PDET permitirá que los conflictos sociales sean gestionados a través de la deliberación democrática y del respeto por la diferencia, ayudando a construir una nueva institucionalidad amplia y capaz con un profundo potencial transformador, escribe Mariana Escobar Arango (Agencia para la Renovación del Territorio).