Organised crime: The hidden face of violent conflict and instability

Tuesday 9 December 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Committee Room 9, House of Commons

Conflict is changing – and one major factor affecting the shape, scope and scale of contemporary violent conflict is organised crime and illicit economies.

The global peace and security agenda struggles to engage with the issue. But organised crime impacts all aspects of human security in conflict-affected countries, and even in countries 'at peace' organised crime can no longer be left to the security and justice sectors alone. For example, the links between crime and politics in some countries demands better governance structures, more civilian oversight and more civic activism to keep governments accountable in their fight against organised crime.

Based on recent conceptual and practical work, International Alert and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues invite you to join a discussion on the pressing questions around these issues. How does organised crime affect conflict dynamics in Colombia, Mali or Pakistan? What are some first steps to begin responding to these complexities? And what can the peacebuilding community bring to the conversation?

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9 December 7–9pm
Committee Room 9, House of Commons

Chair: Eric Joyce MP


  • Phil Champain, International Alert Director of Emerging Programmes: Peacebuilding realities of organised crime and urban violence: Mali and Pakistan
  • Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft, Institute of Development Studies: The interpenetration of organised crime and the state – Colombia
  • Sara Batmanglich, Independent Consultant, author of ‘The New Deal's Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals and organised crime’, Organised crime as a challenge to development
  • Sasha Jesperson, Research Analyst, National Security and Resilience Royal United Services Institute: Global trends of organised crime and links with insecurity - A policy perspective