Panel and Book Launch: Policing the Caribbean

The Institute for the Study of the Americas in London is sponsoring the panel “Policing the Caribbean: Transnational Security Co-operation in Practice,” to be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Chapters, King’s College London (Strand, London).

The panel will feature Ben Bowling, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (King’s College London) and author of Policing the Caribbean: Transnational Security Co-operation in Practice. Other panelists are Robert Reiner (Department of Law, LSE), Amanda Sives (Department of Politics, Liverpool University) and, as panel chair, Philip Murphy (Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies).

There will also be a book launch for Ben Bowling’s Policing the Caribbean: Transnational Security Co-operation in Practice (2010). Policing the Caribbean explores the emergence of law enforcement and security practices that extend beyond the boundaries of the nation state. Perceptions of public safety and national sovereignty are shifting in the face of domestic, regional and global insecurity, and with the emergence of transnational policing practices responding to drug trafficking and organized crime. This book examines how security threats are prioritized and the strategies that are put in place to respond to them, based on a detailed empirical case study of police and security sector organizations in the Caribbean.

Transnational policing, one of the most significant recent developments in the security field, has brought about a number of changes in the organization of criminal law enforcement in the Caribbean and other parts of the world. Drawing on interviews with chief police officers, customs, coastguard, immigration, security, military and government officials, Policing the Caribbean examines these changes, providing a unique insight into the work of overseas liaison officers from the UK and USA, and their collaboration with local police and security agencies. The first study of transnational policing in the Caribbean, this book assesses the extent to which a restructured transnational security infrastructure has enhanced the safety and wellbeing of the Caribbean islands, and other countries on the shores of the north Atlantic, and asks how we can ensure that the policing beyond boundaries is accountable and good enough to make the world a safer place.

For more information, see http://americas.sas.ac.uk/events.php?aoi_id=79

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