OP-ED: Organised crime has affected politics – but not in the way we have come to expect. Now is the time to build a new agenda.

Organised crime has always been connected to politics.  Yet three recent popular democratic elections have proved that we insufficiently appreciate how the undertow of illicit markets and criminal activities have dramatically shattered a set of established pillars of the current world order, and the traditional tools of democracy, law enforcement and multilateralism are struggling to…

Casualties of War: Polio and the Golden Millimetre

Claire Hajaj and I were pleased to contribute an article to the Journal of Global Health Governance, an article that marked the 2014 re-emergence of polio in Syria after 14 years of absence. Polio, the archetypal disease of poverty was within a millimeter of complete eradication, thanks to incredible efforts of global-local cooperation and political…

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…

Conflating Human Trafficking and Smuggling belies good responses: Review of ‘Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour’

European leaders conflating human traffickers and human smugglers is not just inaccurate. It speaks to the ignorance and/or deliberate manipulation of facts at the heart of their policy responses.   Thanks to James Wan, African Arguments, for this excellent review of our book, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour.  First published on African Arguments, 18 October, 2016. As the mass movement…