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Rosewood Logging: A Means for Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

Rosewood: Summary Rosewood Trade is a lucrative one – rosewood is the single most illegally trafficked natural product globally. This trade is primarily fuelled by enormous demand from China. The traditional Chinese Hongmu furniture market relies heavily on imported rosewood…

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The Stability of Venezuelan Mines and the Venezuelan Regime

The Stability of Venezuelan Mines: Importance It was reported, according to the UN mission, that indigenous communities in the Bolívar and Amazonas region suffered systematic abuses from non-state and governmental actors. The presence of Russian actors in the south of…

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Crime in Caracas: Losing a Deterrence Capability

What to take Crime in Caracas evolved significantly after the Chavez & Maduro government began to informally cooperate with organised crime in 2013. Simultaneous to that evolution, the government used paramilitary bodies like colectivos to reduce any type of opposition….

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COVID-19 & Illicit Drug Trade

Over the past seven months, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an international interruption the global illicit drug trade. Global markets have had to endure disruption in supply chains and distribution lines resulting from shelter-in-place initiatives and work-force reduction. Illicit…

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Cabo Verde Narco-State
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Cabo Verde: Another Narco-State in West Africa?

Cabo Verde is an island-state off the West African coast. It is home to around 500,000 residents who use tourism and transportation as their primary means of living. The former Portuguese colony gained its independence 40 years ago and since…

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AMLO’s New Plan for Security in Mexico

On 1 Jul 2018, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO as he is known in Mexico, won the presidency by a landslide. The two-time presidential candidate and former mayor of Mexico City campaigned on a new approach to the country’s…

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Madre de Dios: A Military ‘Solution’ in Peru

In February 2019, the government of Peru launched an all-out and what is planned to be a  “sustained” military campaign to eradicate illegal mining in the department of Madre de Dios. The raid included 1,272 police agents, 300 members of…

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The Re-emergence of the ELN

Colombia was rocked on January 21 by a car bomb explosion, killing 21 police officers and the attacker, and injuring 68 others. The future of peace and security in Columbia is now unclear as the country and the international community…

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