Gangsters Paradise: South America’s Triple Frontier
August 1, 2019
The Triple Frontier or the Tri-Border Area (TBA) where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet, is a popular tourist spot for the Iguazu Falls, but also a major smuggling route. The area has also been called "the United Nations of crime," a "terrorist safe haven," and a counterfeiting capital. Although border regions are often referred to as “lawless”, the TBA for good reason has acquired a certain notoriety for its sheer amount of illegal activity. This is due in…
The Infiltration Tactics of Mafia S.p.a.
July 25, 2019
Download Grey Dynamics’ analytic report about Mafia S.p.a's infiltration tactics: The Infiltration Tactics of Mafia S.p.a. Image: Luis Molinero / Freepik (link) Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grey Dynamics LTD.
Military Deployment: Cape Town’s Answer to Rampant Violent Crime
July 18, 2019
On the 11thof July it was announced that South African soldiers will be deployed in Cape Town's crime-plagued townships. Starting on the 15th of July, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed a battalion to support the city's struggling police force for three months in identified hotspots. This is not the first time such an action has been taken. Back in 2017, a similar deployment was made after a surge in violent crime. According to local statistics,…
So, you want to be a Counter-Poaching ‘Operator’?
July 4, 2019
Ten Tips for New Players Over the years colleagues and I have received countless CV’s, and generous offers to “save us”, that were great for entertainment value initially, but eventually consume a lot of our under-paid precious time. These rules should be well understood before applying for a position within Conservation Law Enforcement in Africa. All of the points mentioned here have, sadly, been seen first-hand. 1. It’s not ‘Tears of the Sun’ …
Cocaine & Cashew: Status Quo in Africa’s First Narco-State
June 13, 2019
Since its independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has been plagued with corruption and instability. No elected leader has finished their full term of five years while the corruption rate in the country is ranked as the 8th worst in the world. Meanwhile, its GDP per capita is one of the lowest in the world with two-thirds of the population of about 1,8 million under the poverty line with as many as 1 million people in extreme poverty.…
A 180 in Botswana: The End to the Ban on Elephant Hunting
June 3, 2019
On 22 May, Botswana lifted its 5-year ban on elephant hunting, citing the growing conflict between humans and animals, and the destruction of crops, as the reasoning. The rolling-back of safeguards to protect elephants, and wildlife in general, has been a priority for President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s first year in office. Soon after his election, in June 2018, President Masisi announced the creation of a cabinet committee to review the ban. In the announcement of the decision by the…