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…

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…

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…

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…

Protecting Politics: Organised Crime’s infiltration into political systems

The Global Initiative teamed up International IDEA and Clingendael to produce a paper series known as ‘Protecting Politics’ which examines the different strategies by which organised crime infiltrates into political systems. With colleagues Marcena Hunter and Adam Rodriques, we were pleased to author and contribute to two of these papers: Deterring the influence of Organised Crime…

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…