Journal article

The Politics of Crime and Militarised Policing in Brazil

Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, Jeff Garmany

International Journal For Crime, Justice and Social Democracy | Queensland Uuniversity of Technology | Published : 2020


This article queries the effects of international police assistance in the Global South, focusing specifically on Brazil. Utilising recently declassified documents accessed in Washington, DC, this article shows how United States officials sought to intervene in Latin American politics through international police assistance to Brazil during the 1960s-1980s. The article considers the geopolitical motivations behind these programs and highlights the connections between international police assistance, weak democratic institutions in Latin America and legacies of authoritarian policing in the region. The academic objectives are twofold: to foreground debates that emphasise the need for Southern..

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Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council

Awarded by Arts and Humanities Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/J500057/1]; the Arts and Humanities Research Council [grant number AH/L000717/1]; and benefited from a four-month fellowship at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress, US.