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Conferences - April 08, 2014
Criminal networks are flourishing in regions of the world that suffer from conflict and weak institutions, and, as part of global market forces, they are undermining stability and human security at large. On April 8th, IPI hosted its annual New York seminar that examined the complexity and multifaceted nature of the threats posed by transnational organized crime
Policy Papers - June 03, 2013
From Afghanistan to Kosovo, from Mali to Somalia, organized crime threatens peace and security. And yet, of the current 28 UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding or special political missions, less than half have mandates related to organized crime, and those that do are not well-equipped or well-prepared to face this threat.
- December 17, 2012
This project focuses on developing more effective multilateral responses to transnational organized crime and the new threats it poses, most notably in conflict zones and fragile states. It aims at enhancing strategic and operational coordination between states and those multilateral mechanisms that currently address organized crime, such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UN police, UN sanctions bodies, INTERPOL, and regional organizations.
Panel Discussions - June 26, 2012
On June 26, which is UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, IPI Vienna officially launched a new publication entitled, "Spotting the Spoilers: A Guide to Analyzing Organized Crime in Fragile States."
Policy Papers - March 22, 2012
Rarely considered a serious challenge until recently, organized crime and related serious crime have become a critical issue in many fragile states. Experience shows that organized crime must be addressed during the course of any peace operation or political mission, since in many cases it is the biggest impediment to peace.
Books - February 14, 2012
The threat posed by organized crime is not confined to serious crimes such as racketeering, the global drug trade, or human trafficking. For many developing countries and fragile states, powerful transnational criminal networks constitute a direct threat to the state itself, not through open confrontation but by penetrating state institutions through bribery and corruption and by subverting or undermining them from within. This paper examines whether Kenya faces such a threat.
General Announcements - January 13, 2012
Illicit money flows linked to global crime syndicates are conservatively estimated at US$130 billion annually. As criminal networks expand, they increasingly ignore international borders while law enforcement agencies remain largely confined to their own national boundaries.
Policy Papers - October 28, 2011
There is increasing awareness within police forces and international organizations that organized crime is a growing threat to security. However, due to a lack of data and insufficient knowledge about illicit activities, criminal justice experts are often left chasing shadows.
Books - October 12, 2011
Peace operations are increasingly on the front line in the international community’s fight against organized crime. This book explores how, in some cases, peace operations and organized crime are clear enemies, while in others, they may become tacit allies.
General Announcements - October 04, 2011
Transnational criminal networks are corrupting and undermining state institutions in some countries to such an extent that they pose a threat to the state itself, according to two new reports from IPI made public on October 4th in Nairobi at a policy forum addressed by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila A. Odinga.
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