LSE PODCAST: MILITARISATION AND THE ‘WAR ON CRIME’
Recording of a presentation and discussion that took place at the London School of Economics on 7th November, to launch a new (and expensive) book on the subject. Speakers included the always excellent Misha Glenny. Although over an hour long (if you include the Q&A session at the end), it is nevertheless fascinating and informative.
The LSE blurb includes the following – from the 70 year old “War on Drugs”, to the more recent “War on Human Smuggling”, politicians use militarised responses to look decisive on crime. The deployment of armies, navies, military assets and militarised approaches can send a powerful message, but have produced mixed results. This debate will discuss 4 different areas of criminality – wildlife crime, piracy, human smuggling and drug trafficking – to see how effective a militarised response can really be, and what might be lost as collateral damage.