IPI HomeEventsPanel DiscussionsIPI Launches New Report on Peace Operations and Organized Crime

 

print print  |  share share back back

Panel Discussions - Friday, June 07, 2013

IPI Launches New Report on Peace Operations and Organized Crime

On June 7th, IPI launched a new publication entitled “The Elephant in the Room: How Can Peace Operations Deal with Organized Crime?” a policy-oriented report designed to reduce the impact of crime where UN peace operations are trying to make, keep, or build peace. The report examines the threat posed by transnational organized crime in theaters where the United Nations has peace operations (particularly Guinea-Bissau, Haiti and Kosovo), and makes observations and recommendations for how the UN can deal with this challenge more effectively.

During their presentations, the report’s co-authors—Walter Kemp, Mark Shaw and Arthur Boutellis—highlighted the relevance of the topic to international peace and security; the impact of transnational organized crime; the UN’s current approach to dealing with it; as well as potential areas for improvement.

“We hope that this report can help practitioners and policymakers who are grappling with this issue in difficult situations like Mali and Somalia,” said Mr. Kemp.

Participants in the roundtable–particularly from member states and the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations–discussed operational challenges; how to end the impunity of criminal acts; the timing and process of bringing perpetrators to justice; the strengthening of host state capacities and issues when interlocutors are part of the problem; how to build the resilience of and incentivize local communities (particularly as part of peacebuilding strategies); the need to manage expectations, as well as the risks and opportunities associated with either addressing or ignoring the problem.

Dr. Adam Lupel, IPI’s Editor and Senior Fellow, chaired the discussion, and recalled the organization’s long history of publications focusing on the political economy of conflict.

The report is the second in a trilogy of publications that are the main outputs of IPI’s Peace Without Crime project, supported by Norway and Switzerland. The first, entitled “Spotting the Spoilers,” is a guide for carrying out organized crime threat assessments in fragile states. The third report, due later this year, will look at how to have a more integrated approach to coping with organized crime both within the UN and the international community.

The Global Observatory

Calls for Military Action Bring Troubling Dimension to Political Crisis in Lesotho
The alleged August 30 coup in Lesotho has re-focused attention on the small country's internal insecurity as well as its lack of a viable national economy.

Key Global Events to Watch in September
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

September 09, 2014
Threats and Opportunities for Energy Sector in West Africa
West African development depends on energy, and that energy depends on stability—this was one of the sentiments repeated during a September 9th expert roundtable held in Paris on the theme of energy and security in West Africa.

September 09, 2014
Preventing Mass Atrocities: Why We Fail, and What Can be Done About It
In the twenty years since the Rwandan genocide, the United Nations system has developed a considerable body of policies, principles, and practices dedicated to the goal of preventing future atrocities.

August 25, 2014
High-Level Forum Examines Lessons of 1814 and 1914 for Today
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and the bicentenary of the opening of the Congress of Vienna–two dates that profoundly shaped the course of history.

View More