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Global Breezes – November 2016
Refugees, Migrants and Civil Disorder Worldwide
Thinking ahead to ASPA’s 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta GA next March, we are planning another 1-
The Good Governance Practice Forum has been scheduled to take place at the ASPA conference site in Atlanta GA on Friday, March 17, 2017,from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. There also will be an on-
The forum is an outgrowth of the 2017 ASPA Annual Conference theme – Reflecting on Challenges, Harnessing Opportunities – and aims to bring together practitioners and applied academics to help illuminate these challenges and to share and discuss promising case illustrations from across the global community of practice. Topics to be explored include opportunities to engage citizens, the community and neighbors effectively in such areas as:
Crisis management (particularly in war-
Conflict resolution (including implementation of peace accords, improving police-
Local law enforcement challenges in preventing and ameliorating the spread of violence
Some specific topics to be explored include:
Mexican & Latin American migration to the U.S.
Population movement & related health crises in sub-
Implementing peace accords in Central America
Refugee resettlement from Syria & Iraq
Role of transnational organizations in responding to civil disorder and global humanitarian crises
Reversing the divide in police-
Fostering improved police-
At the moment, we have moderators for all 4 planned panels, with one or more likely SME speakers who will have to juggle their other commitments at the conference once their time slots become clear. If you would like to share your good governance illustrations by helping to round out the forum, please let me know and I’ll shoe-
Recent posts on our Web site highlighted below offer a wide variety of good governance illustrations, including:
Police Practices and Community Outreach: The Case of Dallas
By Deborah Bailey
With tragic irony, Dallas, Texas appears poised to provide tangible remedies for the paralyzing fissure between police and African-
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that the community will gather for discussion after a time of mourning that he hopes will be healing, according to an interview given to Time magazine. “I think that mourning together as a community helps those ties,” Rawlings emphasized. Rawlings backed major policy changes implemented by Dallas Police Chief, David O. Brown including an increase in the frequency of lethal force training to every two months from the previously required bi-
Dallas provides an excellent test case to see how community policing and transparency practices hold up in the wake of the recent police force deaths because police reform has been a rough ride for local residents. Some residents are already thinking twice about how open and transparent policing should be in Dallas. A closer look reveals that while Chief Brown and Mayor Rawlings were lauded in national circles for police and community reform, there was trouble on the home front. (Read more)
Civic Engagement, Guns, Constitutional Rights and ASPA
By Don Klingner
The recent shootings of black men by police officers and of Dallas police officers at a “Black Lives Matter” rally present profound threats to U.S. civil society.
Professional public administration and public service require informed and engaged citizens, and cooperation between public administrators and elected officials. Democracy requires citizens to articulate their policy preferences (backed by facts or personal experience), genuinely consider others’ preferences, work together to develop public policies and make sure these are implemented correctly and fairly. At present, American society does not meet these standards. Media sound bites, political attack ads and web-
The U.S. Constitution is short and riddled with dilemmas that the judicial branch must resolve. The Dallas shootings highlight the conflict between the First Amendment right to peacefully assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Supporters of “Black Lives Matter” had assembled to protest earlier police shootings. Dallas police were providing crowd control and ensuring public safety. Then a disturbed and disgruntled black Army Reservist, targeting white police officers, killed five and wounded others before being killed. Under Texas law, open carry of long guns is legal and many people at this event carried assault rifles. But once the shooting started and given the initial assumption that several coordinated shooters were in place, how were officers who had been trained to react to the presence of a weapon expected to distinguish shooters from gun-
The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Perspective from Jordan
By Blake Evermon
The Syrian refugee crisis is nothing short of a growing humanitarian emergency in the Middle East, and its impact on Jordan has been especially difficult. It estimated that 9 million people have fled Syria since March 2011 and that another 6 million are displaced within Syria. European states have recently pledged to accept over a million Syrian refugees in the coming year, with Germany alone pledging to receive 800,000.
But what is often asked by my peers and colleagues is why the Muslim-
Many Middle Eastern countries face challenges when dealing with mass migration and Jordan is no exception. Despite being a relatively poor country, Jordan is charged with the formidable burden of accommodating a large numbers of refugees—nearly half of the national population. Jordan’s economy is among the smallest in the Middle East and it faces high unemployment, poverty, large budget deficits and heavy reliance on foreign aid. The country’s national infrastructure and social service programs face tremendous strain that is heightened by the Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi refugee crises.
Open Society Foundations
Why Roma Integration Is a Rare Opportunity for the Western Balkans and Turkey
Coming on the heels of the Decade for Roma Inclusion, Roma Integration 2020 will build on the lessons learned from the decade in supporting national governments in closing the gap between Roma and non-
Unlike in the decade, the European Commission will be at the forefront of the effort, sharing the cost with the Open Society Foundations, which initiated the decade. However, a major lesson we learned is that international pressure alone, even if it comes from the European Union during the accession process, cannot be a vehicle of change in the lives of Roma.
The decade has revealed that the international appearance of progress can conceal devastating regression at home. National governments adopted strategies and action plans in the framework of the decade as a way to demonstrate fulfillment of EU accession criteria. Once Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and others were granted membership in the EU, however, these strategies quickly fell by the wayside.
Moreover, when the financial crisis hit in 2008, a backlash ensued against governments and European institutions that had publicly committed to do more “for Roma.” Opportunistic politicians quickly realized the potential of empty slogans like “Gypsy criminality” and “Roma privilege” to gain quick and cheap votes; others felt they risked losing votes if they did anything positive for Roma.
Princeton University – Innovations for Successful Societies
Accountable Policing in Haiti (Interview with Neil Pouliot)
Neil Pouliot, a retired chief superintendent with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, discusses his experiences as the commander of the United Nations Mission in Haiti from 1994 to 1996. He recounts the security and rule of law challenges posed by the scaling down of U.N. multinational forces. In particular, he describes the challenges associated with effectively recruiting and training new police officers, including the need to demobilize and, in some cases, integrate officers of the former regime. Among the challenges that the U.N. and the international community face in effectively building police services capacity, Pouliot notes, is maintaining continuity between missions and leadership. He argues that police services training is best overseen by integrated multinational forces with diverse language ability and cultural frames of reference. Police reform, he states, requires broader commitment to justice and rule and law from the highest levels of the political sphere. Based on his experiences, Pouliot stresses that it is important that officers have field-
Neil Pouliot served as the commander of the military and civilian police components of United Nations Mission in Haiti from 1994 to 1996. In this role, he worked with the government of Haiti to maintain and safe and secure environment, prepare for elections, provide interim security, and oversee police services development. Prior to his work in Haiti, Pouliot worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada, including as the officer in charge of national/international drug operations. He also served as a course coordinator and lecturer at the Canadian Police College and as a resource person for the U.N. Division of Narcotics and Interpol. Pouliot also served as the officer in charge of the Security Offenses Branch for the Criminal Intelligence Directorate in Ottawa and the director of Criminal Intelligence Services Canada, an organization tasked with coordinating intelligence in Canada and internationally through the RCMP and other police forces. At the time of this interview, Pouliot was retired as chief superintendent and was working as a consultant with RCMP.
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