Expert Analysis: Is El Salvador’s Bukele Effectively Handling Gangs?

In the Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor, I had the pleasure of contributing to their expert analysis Q&A in their most recent publication which focused on El Salvador’s recent direction in handling their crime problem.

A glance into my statement:

“I have never been an advocate for the militarization of policing either through the sustained deployment of military personnel into the streets and communities or through a police force armed and trained as if it were the military. While lethal force may be popular politically (Bukele seems to like it), in my experience this is not the way to establish legitimate rule-of-law institutions that earn the respect of the communities they serve.”

Adam Blackwell, “Is El Salvador’s Bukele Effectively Handling Gangs?” Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor. Thursday, August 19, 2021.

The full publication can be found here.

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