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The Becker Friedman Institute, Princeton University, and Innovations for Poverty Action host the next webinar in a series presenting innovative research on crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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The deployment of the armed forces to support domestic policing operations has been used across multiple countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. While it has supporters among those who advocate for an “iron fist” approach to high levels of crime, especially in contexts with constrained police forces, detractors express concerns about the potential for human rights abuses at the hands of soldiers trained for combat. New findings from a study in Colombia brought rigorous evidence to the debate.

In this webinar, Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes) discussed his randomized impact evaluation, carried out with coauthor Rob Blair (Brown University), of recurring, intensive military patrols to reduce crime in Cali, Colombia. Santiago Perez Vincent (Inter-American Development Bank) commented on the implications of this research.

This webinar series is held in both English and Spanish. Translation from English to Spanish and vice versa is provided.