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Dangerous Cities: Urban Violence and the Militarization of Law Enforcement

More than half of the world’s population is concentrated in urban areas. According to UNFPA, this number is expected to rise to 5 billions by 2030, reaching 2/3 of the world population, with the largest cities emerging in Africa and Asia. Regrettably, along with this mass urbanization has come an unprecedented level of violence and crime in densely populated slums and shantytowns. Cities like Baghdad, Kingston, Rio de Janeiro, Guatemala, Ciudad Juarez and Mogadishu have become the battlegrounds of contemporary conflicts.

Our Director of Research and Public Policy, Robert Muggah joins a panel at the Harvard School of Public Health to discuss Dangerous Cities: Urban Violence and the Militarization of Law and Enforcement.

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