Criminal Justice

A Whole, Different View

A Whole, Different View

September 30, 2008 at 8:24 pm

THE HILL 09/30/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-Ill.) In forming the foundation of our country’s defense strategy, George Washington tilted the tenor of this town in a specific direction, noting that, “to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” […]

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Crime and the Economy are Directly Related

Crime and the Economy are Directly Related

September 5, 2008 at 9:23 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 09/05/08 By Michael Shank Sir, In an apparent editorial about-face (“Crime and the credit crunch”, September 2), you claim that larger police forces and harsher prison sentences are responsible for lower levels of crime and that the link between economic growth and crime is weak. This is hardly […]

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Poppy Crop Destruction Drives Farmers Towards Taliban

Poppy Crop Destruction Drives Farmers Towards Taliban

April 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 04/12/08 By Michael Shank Sir, With reference to your report, “US seeks Afghan heroin action” (April 5/6): the American proclivity for short-term, high-visibility gains precludes, yet again, sound strategy. Aerial spraying does not constitute an effective poppy eradication programme. Critically, this counter-narcotics strategy ignores the demand side. If […]

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Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

January 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 01/17/08 By Michael Shank Sir, At long last, US strategy in Afghanistan is wising up (“From poppies to pomegranates”, January 14). Putting crop eradication on the back burner, a move aided by concern from the government in Kabul, the US is pursuing ways in which high-value produce can […]

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