EVENT: Security Jam – Brainstorming Global Security (online event, 14-16 October 2014)

Organised by The Security and Defence Agenda, this online event brings together thousands of security stakeholders from government, the military, academia, think-tanks, media and NGOs to discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, NATO and cybersecurity, among other.

“Over 54 hours and across 6 discussions forums, participants will login to a state-of-the-art online collaboration platform to discuss topics as diverse as strategic partnerships, crisis management, future capabilities and cyber-security. Experts from leading think-tanks around the world will moderate the discussions to produce top recommendations.

Now it’s your turn. Seize this opportunity to share your ideas with world leaders! Whether you are a soldier in Afghanistan, a researcher in Stockholm or a diplomat in Kenya, the quality of your ideas is all that matters. The Security Jam lets you take part in frank discussions and the free exchange of ideas with colleagues worldwide, and you select the most innovative ideas.

Make a real impact. The Jam’s top 10 recommendations will provide a roadmap for the new EU and NATO leaderships and will be presented to them at a high-level event in Brussels. The report will also be distributed to thousands of top policymakers and decision-makers across the public-private divide globally.”

For more information and how to register, go to the website.

NEW RESEARCHING SECURITY FELLOWS: Natalia Cervantes and Caroline Delgado

Researching Security is proud to announce that the network has two new fellows: Natalia Cervantes and Caroline Delgado from the University of Manchester.

Natalia Cervantes is researching on urban violence and crime prevention through community-led development planning in Mexico.

Caroline Delgado is studying the impacts of interventions aimed at restoring security in the intertwined armed conflict and drug trade in Colombia.

Click on the names above to learn more about their respective research projects and biografies.

We are looking forward to hear more about their experiences in the future. Welcome to our network!

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

A very interesting article by Alexandre Alfonso on how academia resembles a drug gang, using the well-known article “Why drug dealers still live with their moms” by Steven Levitt and Sudhir Venkatesh in 2000 as an inspiration.

Alexandre Afonso

In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) The title of the chapter, “Why drug dealers still live with their moms”, was based on the finding that the income distribution within gangs was extremely skewed in favor  of those at the top, while the rank-and-file street sellers earned even less than employees in legitimate low-skilled activities, let’s say at McDonald’s. They calculated 3.30 dollars as the hourly rate, that is, well below a living wage (that’s why they still live with their moms). [2]

If you take into account the risk of being shot by rival gangs, ending up in jail or…

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Postdoctoral research opportunity in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Oportunidade de bolsas de Pós-Doutorado no CEPID Núcleo de Estudos da Violência

Programa: Construindo a Democracia no Dia-a-Dia: direitos humanos, violência e confiança institucional (CEPID-FAPESP)

O Núcleo de Estudos da Violência da Universidade de São Paulo está selecionando oito bolsistas de pós-doutorado para desenvolver projetos de pesquisa no referido programa, com duração de um a três anos.

O objetivo do programa de pesquisa é analisar como a legitimidade de instituições fundamentais para a democracia é construída ou comprometida, explorando os contatos entre os cidadãos e os funcionários públicos de serviços em áreas representativas na cidade de São Paulo. O estudo terá um caráter longitudinal, de modo a permitir uma compreensão aprofundada dos fenômenos e as alterações ao longo do tempo.

Espera-se que os bolsistas de pós-doutorado (PD), de áreas das ciências humanas como sociologia, ciência política, antropologia, psicologia social, estudos urbanos, direito etc., conduzam pesquisa teórica e empírica no programa, além de outras atividades regulares, como a organização de seminários, elaboração de papers, supervisão de alunos da graduação, a disseminação dos resultados da pesquisa e cooperação com os projetos educacionais.

Prazo para inscrição: 30 de setembro de 2013.

More information, click here.

AWARD: Excellence in Security and Defense Education

The Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) announces the opening of the nomination process for the 2012 Dr. William J. Perry Awards

Annually, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) selects individuals and/or institutions to receive the Dr. William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education. The awards recognize significant contributions in the fields of security and defense education that reflect the Center’s mission focus. These contributions include the promotion of education, research, outreach and knowledge-sharing in defense and security issues in the Western Hemisphere that lead to enhancing professional security and defense capacity, advancing a cooperative international security environment, fostering effective civil-military relations and adherence to CHDS’ core values. The Center recognizes both individual and organizational efforts.


Candidates for eligibility include any individual or institution that has made or sustained a significant contribution in either academic or policy issues related to the security and defense sectors. They may be educators, practitioners, or institutions of defense and security throughout the Hemisphere, or from outside the region.

Nomination process

Nominations should be sent to the CHDS selection committee, providing the name of the individual or organization, the name of the nominator and contact information for both, a justification for nomination, and strong supportive material. The total package should not exceed 3,000 words. The process for nominating a candidate is open until June 15, 2012.


The Dr. William J. Perry Award will be presented to the individual and/or representative of the institution selected, at a ceremony held during the third week of September, 2012, coinciding with the anniversary of the Center’s foundation.


All nominations must be submitted by June 15, 2012.


The point of contact to which nominations should be sent is Mr. Michael Mann, CHDS Perry Award Project Coordinator. Electronic submissions should be sent to: mmann@ndu.edu; paper copies should be sent to: CHDS Perry Award Selection Committee, attn: Michael Mann, c/o National Defense University, Abraham Lincoln Hall, 260 5th Avenue, S.W., Bldg. 64, Washington, D.C. 20319-5066, the United States of America

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