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.
How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic
Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.
Why Do Royals Get Away With So Much?
Prince Andrew’s entanglements with Jeffrey Epstein lack the usual excuse of affairs of state.
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.
Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.
From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
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.
Mafia, Poverty, and the Pandemic
In southern Italy, an already shaky economy is left struggling by the coronavirus—leaving a vacuum for organized crime.
Brazilian Organized Crime Is All Grown Up
And now Bolsonaro’s iron-fisted approach risks worsening the problem.
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.
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.
The State of War
The world is more peaceful than ever, except when it comes to state violence against citizens.
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.
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.
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.
Blood on Their Hands?
By condoning corruption and denouncing the press, Slovakia's government created an atmosphere in which journalists became targets.