War on Crime: Militarised Responses to Organised Crime

Tackling organised crime is hard, perhaps one of the most complicated challenge for states in the evolving global order. Both within and outside of their territories, it requires a coordinated approach across multiple areas of government responsibility. And it also often involves the military. But the use of military assets in the fight against organised…

People Smugglers Globally 2017

The global drivers for the irregular movement of people, from human security to economics, are growing, not dissipating. In 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported that there were 65.6 million ‘forcibly displaced people worldwide’, 22.5 million refugees and 10 million stateless people. Globally, there are some 767 million people living below the poverty…

Beyond Convergence: World Without Order

With a number of my colleagues and experts from the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, we were really proud to be asked to contribute to a new edited volume, “Beyond Convergence: World Without Order” published by the National Defense University. This volume makes an effort to understand the multiple dynamics by which weak and…

Great Reviews of Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour

I am simply blown away by the great early reviews we have received on our book, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour, which will be available to buy at the end of September. Three eminent policymakers and academics had the following to say: A graphic and highly readable account of the global human smuggling industry which dispels…

Order now: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour

I’m proud to announce that my first book, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour, written with Peter Tinti, was published by Hurst Publishers in the UK at the end of September 2016. This book brings together three years worth of research and investigation into one of the most under-examined aspects of the great migration crisis of our time: the migrant…

From Patronage Politics to Predatory States: crime and governance in Africa

I was invited to write a chapter for Warlords Inc. an edited volume that pulls back the curtain on the secretive world of drug cartels and violent insurgencies, revealing their inner workings and implications for a world driven by unrelenting change and growing political uncertainty. This collection of essays show how, as the complexities of modern geopolitical…