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Police Reform in Latin America

Implications for U.S. Policy

Stephen Johnson and Katherine E. Bliss

To the extent that the security and stability of close hemispheric neighbors impinge on the security and well-being of U.S. citizens, the United States is obliged to promote regional law enforcement reforms. If not, other countries such as China and Iran may be willing to do that, perhaps in ways the United States might not like, potentially putting American interests and lives at risk. Police reform is a hugely complicated undertaking, in which there are no easily transferable formulas for success. This report examines police reform in the Americas and suggests a strategic approach--considering trends, the threat environment, available resources, institutional strengths and weaknesses, and leadership--that will permit U.S. assistance to be successful. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Center for Strategic & International Studies
Pages: 58Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-0-89206-704-6 • Paperback • March 2012 • $41.00 • (£27.95)
Series: CSIS Reports
Stephen Johnson is a senior fellow and director of the Americas Program at CSIS. Johannna Mendelson Forman is a senior associate with the Americas Program at CSIS. Katherine E. Bliss is a senior fellow with the Americas Program at CSIS.