Police officers take up position next to a Brazilian Navy combat car at the Arvore Seca slum in the Lins slum complex during an operation to install the Police Peacekeeping Unit (UPP) in the region in Rio de Janeiro (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes).
Gangs, Slums, Megacities and the Utility of Population-Centric COIN
October 5, 2013,
Vanda Felbab-Brown explains how in many parts of the world, crime should be thought of not merely as an aberrant social activity to suppress, but as a competition between governments and non-state actors to provide public goods to society. Governments should use counterinsurgency strategies that employ population-centric approaches, seeking to selectively extend the presence of the state to local communities, Felbab-Brown argues.