Is the Drug Trade Really Bank-Rolling Terrorism?

I was really pleased to be interviewed, along with the always outstanding Vanda Felbab-Brown of Brookings and Virginia Comolli of IISS, by Max Daly from Vice News. We were asked to substantiate the rumours around narco terrorism. Is the Drug Trade Really Bank-rolling Terrorism? An Iranian police officer stands behind drugs seized from smugglers, in a…

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…

The Nexus? Organised crime and terrorism in Africa

I was interviewed by José-Fernando Costa Pereira of the European External Action Service for their Newsletter of EU – African affairs (No 5, April 2016). 1. Shall we start with the root causes of organised crime in Africa? In the title of a conference you are about to hold after this interview, there is the word “fragility”.…

West Africa’s informal sector obscures criminal economies

In this interview, Tuesday Reitano and Mark Shaw, both of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, discuss the scale of West Africa’s illegal economies being run by organised-crime groups and terrorists. They were interviewed by Jide Akintunde, Managing Editor, Financial Nigeria magazine, regarding an upcoming OECD study, “Illicit Financial Flows: Criminal Economies in West…