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Supporters of newly appointed Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov wave Kyrgyz flags during a rally in support of Japarov in Bishkek on Oct. 14.

Kyrgyzstan’s Protests Won’t Keep Corrupt Criminals Out of Politics

Members of the criminal underworld have long turned to politics to avoid prosecution. Ousting one set of corrupt leaders in favor of another won’t end the country’s crisis.

El Chapo boxes of aid for the needy

How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic

Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.

Britain's Prince Andrew leaves after speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Bangkok on Nov. 3, 2019.

Why Do Royals Get Away With So Much?

Prince Andrew’s entanglements with Jeffrey Epstein lack the usual excuse of affairs of state.

A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 20. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression

A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.

 

How Muscle Works in Moscow

Understanding “krysha,” the word that explains why Russian life is all about having the right kind of protection.

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Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.

From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Peruvian Army soldiers stand guard during an operation to blow up a landing strip used by drug smugglers in the Amazon jungle, near Oxapampa, Peru, on Oct. 31, 2019.

The Pandemic Has Triggered Dramatic Shifts in the Global Criminal Underworld

Drug cartels are facing broken supply chains, shrinking revenues, and shifting markets. Rising violence is just one effect.

A man looks at a solidarity basket displayed with a note reading "Who can, put, who cannot, take" in one of the deserted streets in the historic center of Naples on April 3.

Mafia, Poverty, and the Pandemic

In southern Italy, an already shaky economy is left struggling by the coronavirus—leaving a vacuum for organized crime.

A woman and children walk past an armored vehicle in Rio de Janeiro on March 7, 2018.

Brazilian Organized Crime Is All Grown Up

And now Bolsonaro’s iron-fisted approach risks worsening the problem.

Members of Brazil’s armed forces patrol the favelas of Chapéu Mangueira and Babilônia in Rio de Janeiro on June 21, 2018.

Brazil’s Murder Rate Finally Fell—and by a Lot

Bolsonaro will claim credit for the good news, but his policies may erase the country’s hard-won gains.

A woman sits in front of a riot police cordon after a standoff during a demonstration against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic outside the presidential building in Belgrade, on March 17, 2019.

Serbia’s Protests Aren’t the Beginning of a Balkan Spring

Demonstrations against Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government won’t achieve anything until the opposition can present a coherent alternative.

A Syrian force’s artillery observer looks through a scope as smoke plumes rise on the horizon, near Hama, on April 1, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)Syrian government forces and allies regained most of the territory they lost earlier during an assault by rebels and jihadists launched on March 21, 2017 in the country's centre, reported the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor on March 31, 2017. 
Hama province is of strategic importance to President Bashar al-Assad, as it separates opposition forces in the northwestern province of Idlib from Damascus to the south and from the regime's coastal heartlands to the west. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The State of War

The world is more peaceful than ever, except when it comes to state violence against citizens.

The Danske Bank building in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Danske Bank Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Financial institutions and the governments that regulate them aren’t doing nearly enough to prevent money laundering.  

Community police patrol the hills in Carrizalillo, Guerrero state, one of Mexico’s most dangerous, crime-ridden regions, on March 24. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Crime Wars

Future conflicts will mostly be waged by drug cartels, mafia groups, gangs, and terrorists. It is time to rethink our rules of engagement.

Chang An-lo, also known as "White Wolf," leader of the China Unification Promotion Party, speaks to the media on May 20, 2016. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)

Nice Democracy You’ve Got There. Be a Shame If Something Happened to It.

China's Communist Party is using thuggish proxies to disrupt Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Two Chechen fighters warm by the fire burning next to a house destroyed by Russian artillery in the center of Grozny, Jan. 15, 1995. ( Michael Evsafiev/AFP/Getty Images)

The Making of a Chechen Hitman

Russia’s best killers learned their skills fighting Moscow.

A man lights a candle in front of the Aktuality newsroom, the employer of the murdered investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, in Bratislava.

Blood on Their Hands?

By condoning corruption and denouncing the press, Slovakia's government created an atmosphere in which journalists became targets.

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