Security

Security

FSI scholars produce research aimed at creating a safer world and examing the consequences of security policies on institutions and society. They look at longstanding issues including nuclear nonproliferation and the conflicts between countries like North and South Korea. But their research also examines new and emerging areas that transcend traditional borders – the drug war in Mexico and expanding terrorism networks. FSI researchers look at the changing methods of warfare with a focus on biosecurity and nuclear risk. They tackle cybersecurity with an eye toward privacy concerns and explore the implications of new actors like hackers.

Along with the changing face of conflict, terrorism and crime, FSI researchers study food security. They tackle the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. 

Scholarly Publications

The Economic Costs of Drug-Trafficking Violence in Mexico

December 2013

The levels of violence in Mexico have dramatically increased in the last few years due to structural changes in the drug trafficking business.

How do Crime and Violence Impact Presidential Approval? Examining the Dynamics of the Mexican Case

October 2013

Abstract:In order to effectively fight criminal organizations, governments require support from significant segments of society.

The Mexican War on Drugs: Crime and the Limits of Government Persuasion

October 2013

Abstract:In order to successfully battle organized crime, governments require a certain degree of citizens’ support.

News

With a new president and an old party, Mexico faces uncertain future

July 2012

Enrique Peña Nieto was elected Mexico's president promising to curb the country's drug-related violence.

About the Program on Poverty and Governance

August 2011

In its broadest sense, development requires not simply sustained, robust levels of overall economic growth, but diminishing (and ultimately eliminating) absolute poverty and profound economic...

Chiapas research examines women and governance

August 2011

We sat down with recipient of the FSI Global Underdevelopment Action Fund, Professor Beatriz Magaloni to learn more about her research plans and how her work will address the larger issues of...

Events

Political Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy: Evidence from Latin America, Lessons from other Regions

November 5, 2010

On November 5-6  2010, the global Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI) convened a conference in Quito, Ecuador, on "Political Clientalism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy:...

The Inside Scoop on Latin America's Largest Microfinance Institution

May 18, 2011

The Inside Scoop on Latin America's Largest Microfinance Institution

Violence, Drugs and Governance: Mexican Security in Comparative Perspective

October 3, 2011

On October 3-4, 2011, the Stanford University Program on Poverty and Governance at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Center for International Security and...

Projects

The Dynamics of Violence in Mexico’s Drug War

Since December 2006, more than 50,000 drug-related murders have taken place in Mexico.
English

The Use of Lethal Force by the Police in Rio de Janeiro and the Pacification Process

The Military Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro (PMERJ) confront critical challenges as they attempt to reform and reduce the incidence of the use of lethal force.
English

The Incidence of Criminal Activity Near Schools in Mexico

The consequences of organized crime related violence for education are tragic.
English

Multimedia

Sergio Fajardo, Governor or Antioquia, Colombia

April 2014

Sergio Fajardo is the current governor of Antioquia, Colombia. He is an academic who became mayor of Medellín from 2003 to 2007.

Body-Worn Camera Experiment - City of Rialto Police Department

April 2014

Tony Farrar is Chief of the Rialto (CA) Police Department.

Prevención de la Violencia: Vivenvia Accion Reflexion

April 2014

*This talk is presented in Spanish.* Carlos Cruz founded Cauce Ciudadano almost 15 years ago. Cauce Ciudadano is a community center aimed at reducing school violence in Mexico.

People

Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Edgar Franco Vivanco Doctoral Candidate, Political Science
Stephanie Gimenez Stahlberg Research Assistant, CDDRL