EU Policy Notes: OC-CT Nexus and intersection of Migration-CVE

By invitation of the CT-Morse project, a policy advisory, support and monitoring unit for the EU’s programmes in counter-terrorism, I’ve had the pleasure to lead the development of two policy notes: Examining the Nexus between Organised Crime and Terrorism, and its Implications for EU Programming Co-authored with Colin Clarke of Rand / ICCT-The Hague, and Laura…

People smuggling in Libya: You can’t bomb away a problem of economics

Europe seems to think force and arms are the solution to reducing people smuggling in the volatile and fluid Libya. Even Gaddafi knew better. Photo credit: Mark Shaw, Misrata 2012 Back in 2010, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi famously declared that if it weren’t for his rule in Libya, Europe would “turn black” with the “advance of millions of immigrants”.…

A Faustian approach to migration: how long can it hold?

The morally ambiguous deal that the EU has made with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stop the surge of migrants across the Aegean is a mere 8 months old, and it is already failing on multiple fronts. The EU’s €6 billion pact was a Faustian agreement: it may have dampened down the extreme levels…

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…