(The Guardian) Violence remains one of the most reliable threats to many underprivileged countries, according to the 2011 World Bank Development Report.  Interestingly, the pattern of violence has shifted: Fatalities from civil wars have significantly decreased in the last 30 years, but drug trafficking and other cross-border crime has increased. 

Sarah Cliffe, a director from the report, noted that “Peace processes in southern Africa and central America have been threatened by criminal violence.  In Guatemala you have more people dying now from criminal violence and from drug trafficking than you did during the civil war.” 

This change in violence means change in development.  The World Bank is urging a stabilization of society to cut the violence; an emphasis on citizen security, justice, and jobs will promote the much-needed peace.

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