Category: International

International

The world’s largest conversation is calling for more global cooperation, not less

At the United Nations, the world’s longest Zoom meeting is underway as presidents and prime ministers meet virtually amidst a pandemic that has killed almost a million people, an economic depression with no modern parallel, and a tide of polarization and division that threatens the social fabric in many countries.

Brazilian

Bolsonaro to world: Brazil is victim of environmental smear

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest, telling the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders on Tuesday that his country has been wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain. Bolsonaro’s critics were quick to pick apart his claims.

International

The Future of Cities in the wake of Covid – CSFI

Robert Muggah (apparently an old Scottish name, though he is Canadian) has set up two think-tanks in Brazil, where he is based: the SecDev Group focuses on the digital economy and cybersecurity.

Digital Security in the Media

Exclusive: Is internet freedom in danger?

Recent political developments in the United States are threatening internet freedom and cybersecurity across Latin America.

International

The world’s top 50 thinkers 2020: the winner

Related concern about state brutality also propels two expert advocates up the list: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho (5th), who set up the internationally-influential Igarapé Institute, which champions citizen-led security, and the American prison abolitionist

International

Brazil police arrest more than 400 people in drug gang crackdown

Robert Muggah, co-founder of Brazil-based security and development think tank Igarape Institute, said that while Monday’s operation will “sting,” it is “unlikely to make a major dent on the PCC” given the organization’s vast size, hierarchy and deep roots in the country’s prison system.

International

Mapping environmental crime seen as key to slowing Amazon forest losses

“This includes shining a light not just on crime groups and shady business but also the corrupt government officials – including police, notary clerks, customs officials, and politicians – who facilitate the business,” Szabó said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

International

The COVID City

As we show in our new book Terra Incognita, COVID-19 is exacerbating multiple forms of inequality within and between countries and cities, and raising fundamental questions about the future of urban living.

International

Strategic Dialogue on Global Trends: Violence and the Coronavirus

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development ‘Sustaining Peace in the Time of COVID-19’. The open session ‘Strategic Dialogue on Global Trends: Violence and the Coronavirus’, in partnership with the Global Registry of Violent Deaths (GReVD) Consortium.

International

3 of the World’s Deadliest Serial Killers Come From the Same Place: Why?

Muggah, who runs a think-tank working on data-driven justice across Latin America called Igarapé Institute, says that Colombia’s sky-high rate of homicide made it not just difficult to differentiate the victims of serial killers from all the other victims, but it made it incredibly hard for the police to investigate, much less prosecute perpetrators.

International

What’s at stake in the U.S.-China rivalry? The very future of the internet

The U.S.-China dispute just took a dangerous turn. Late last week, the U.S. government issued three separate measures – two executive orders imposing sanctions on social-media networks WeChat and TikTok, and another to set up a “clean network” program – that, come mid-September, would prohibit any U.S. citizen or company from conducting business with those apps’ Chinese parent companies, Tencent and ByteDance respectively.

International

How maps can guide us to a better future

As explained in my new book with Ian Goldin – Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years – maps can help make sense of the world around us.

Brazilian

Brazil and COVID-19: A Perfect Storm?

On July 7, Jair Bolsonaro, president of the world’s second hardest-hit country by COVID-19, announced he had tested positive for coronavirus and had mild symptoms. Shortly afterwards, he removed his mask to show everyone he was ok.

International

Robert Muggah Says More…

This week, PS talks with Robert Muggah, a co-founder of the SecDev Group and the Igarapé Institute.

International

How Latin America Can Tackle Its Post-COVID Priorities

On multiple fronts, data-driven policymaking has informed and improved Latin America’s response to COVID-19 – from information about the availability of hospital beds and ventilators to economic measurements to help direct relief packages for businesses and workers.

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