Tag: criminal gangs

With Elections Looming, will Haiti’s Urban Gangs Re-emerge as Political Actors?

As Haiti enters a turbulent period of electoral politics, the country’s long-standing drivers of conflict take on a particular significance. Gangs have figured prominently in Haiti’s recent political transitions, as national-level political actors have deployed urban gangs to generate violence and unrest as a strategic instrument of political influence. In return, politicians have offered gangs funding and impunity from arrest. The nexus of politics and organized crime is explored in this article.

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The Security Agenda for El Salvador’s New President

The current administration in El Salvador faces multiple challenges, including gang crime, violence, corruption, and the need for economic growth and tax reform. In addition to crafting a sustainable public policy on security, the administration must also create a culture of prevention. While this will not be easy to achieve, it is vital if El Salvador is to become the safe and thriving place that its citizens may have given up on finding.

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