RESDAL Latin American Security and Defence Network


Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena, Rector of the University for Paz and former Secretary General of FLACSO (2008-2012) was distinguished with the 8th Edition of the Malinalli National Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, Human Rights and Cultural Diversity , 2016, Granted by the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco.

Weekly news summary

Every Friday we edit and disseminate among our subscribers this summary of the week’s main news stories related to issues such as military expenditures, the armed forces, drug trafficking, public security etc. The topics are presented according to the date of publication and on a country-per-country basis.

New professionals program

We support the capacitation of new generations by offering a space for learning and practical training through our internships at the Executive Secretary.

Results of the Network’s research in the area as well as tools for the capacitation of civil society organisations in relation to the promotion of citizen participation and increased transparency and efficiency in the management of the State’s resources

RESDAL contributes to transparency and cooperation mechanisms in multiple ways. See RESDAL’s activities in the framework of the Conferences of Defence Ministers of the Americas (CDMA), with information on this forum and the meetings held, which is also in this section

Special section dedicated to information, interaction, and reflection on the topic of a gender perspective in international peace operations and in post-conflict societies, with a focus on sharing experiences and lessons learned.


RESDAL carries out various defence-related programs. Among them, the Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America and Caribbean, a regional source of data for understanding the reality of regional defence. You will also find the results of our research on military education, military justice, defence ministries and parliamentary commissions.


See the Network’s actions in relation to what is a central theme on the regional agenda as a consequence of the rise in criminality. Find information on political-institutional control of public security, its relation with the judicial sector, judicial bodies, the State’s actions in relation to crime, prevention programs, budgets, the role of the armed forces, private security, and crime statistics.

Public security

Transparency and budgets

Trust and regional cooperation


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