Domestic Security in the Maghreb : Deficits and Counter-Measures

Mattes, Hanspeter


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Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Schriftenreihe: GIGA Working Papers
Bandnummer: 186
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2012
Publikationsdatum: 11.03.2012
Originalveröffentlichung: (2012)
SWD-Schlagwörter: Terrorismus , Organisiertes Verbrechen , Innere Sicherheit , Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben , Maghreb
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
BK - Basisklassifikation: 88.17 (Ordnungskräfte), 89.58 (Politische Gewalt), 71.65 (Kriminalität als soziales Problem), 89.40 (Innere Beziehungen des Staates: Allgemeines)
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.6 Politik und Friedensforschung

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

Terrorism and crime, particularly organised crime with its close links to terrorism, currently constitute the greatest challenges to the domestic security of the Maghreb states Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Mauretania. Additional challenges have resulted from the social protests of 2011 in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, which gained unexpected political momentum and culminated in the ousting of regimes. Terrorism and organised crime are, to varying extents, prevalent in all Maghreb states and have led to the introduction of extensive counter‐measures by governments and security agencies. These measures comprise five categories of activity: (1) increased personnel for security agencies and efficiency‐enhancing reforms within these agencies; (2) a significant increase in and upgrading of equipment for security agencies; (3) the strengthening of the legal foundation (laws, regulations) for combating these offences with judicial measures; (4) an increase in bilateral, regional and international cooperation in the field of security; and (5) the implementation of preventive measures. The fifth measure, however, has received considerably less attention than the others. Some measures have entailed human rights violations. Nonetheless, as yet their use has sufficed to contain the threats posed by terrorism and crime.

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