This first issue provides data on the contributions made by military forces across Latin America and the measures implemented in these different cases, with this accompanied by two opinion pieces: reflections on a post-coronavirus world, and African defense and security forces facing the COVID-19 pandemic.


It comes in the framework of the Global Community of Practice linking Latin America with other world regions such as Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, through which work is being undertaken to provide cross-regional research into what is occurring in the security sector across different parts of the world. Subsequent issues will therefore incorporate information and analysis from other regions, examine the role of risk management systems, and the issue of domestic violence in crises.

Weekly news summary

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.


Transparency and budgets

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

Trust and regional cooperation

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.


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.

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

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