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Webinar 24: Crime, Violence and Conflict
March 26, 2019
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Webinar Date: Wednesday, April 10th at 2:00 EST. Click here to view the webinar recording. Webinar Description: This webinar will provide an overview of how emerging issues of crime and violence relate to and can inform the broader field of conflict, peace and security. Presenters will discuss USAID’s current strategic thinking on these overlapping, but sometimes distinct […]

Organized Crime and its Role in Contemporary Conflict
March 26, 2019
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Author: The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime Publication Date: September 2018 Summary: This brief aims to contribute to the basis of evidence for ongoing debates over the complex connections between criminal markets and conflict actors, organized-criminal groups and their use of violence in conflict settings. It presents a thorough analysis of the content of the UN Security […]

Crime and Conflict: The New Challenge for Peacebuilding

Author: International Alert Publication Date: July 2014 Summary: This report is offered as a contribution to the growing effort to understand the nexus between organised crime, armed violence and fragility, and to design effective responses. At the heart of the document is the hypothesis that an application of the approaches and overall lens of peacebuilding can enrich broader […]

Organized Crime, Conflict and Fragility: A New Approach
March 26, 2019
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Author: International Peace Institute Publication Date: July 2012 Summary: Transnational organized crime (TOC) is a global challenge posing serious threats to our collective peace and security. But in conflict-affected and fragile states the threats of transnational organized crime present particular and insidious challenges requiring new and innovative responses. Not only does TOC undermine the strength of the state, […]

Webinar 23: Gangs, Mafias, Election Violence, and Development: Why Countries Get Caught in A Savage Order
March 5, 2019
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Webinar Date: Wednesday, March 20 at 2:00 EST. Click here to view the recording. Click here to access the presentation. Webinar Description: The most violent countries in the world are not at war, but are highly unequal, highly polarized democracies. Why are these places so violent – and how can they recover? Based on field research on […]

A Theory of Organized Crime, Corruption and Economic Growth

Author: Keith Blackburn; Kyriakos C. Neanidis; Maria Paola Rana Publication Date: October 2017 Summary: A framework for studying the interactions between organized crime and corruption, together with the individual and combined effects of these phenomena on economic growth is developed in this article. Criminal organizations co-exist with law-abiding productive agents and potentially corrupt law enforcers. The crime […]

Organised Crime, Violence, and Development
March 5, 2019
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Author: Governance and Social Development Resource Centre Publication Date: August 2016 Summary: This guide summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the links between organised crime, violence and development. GSDRC Topic Guides aim to provide a clear, concise and objective report on findings from rigorous research on critical areas of development policy. Rather than provide […]

Protecting Politics: Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Local Democracy

Author: The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime Publication Date: September 2016 Summary: In 2015 the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime joined forces with International IDEA to explore how organized crime becomes an engine for political corruption at the local level. It examined the situations in three countries in detail: Afghanistan, Colombia and Niger. These case studies […]

An Empirical Analysis of Organized Crime, Corruption and Economic Growth

Author: Keith Blackburn; Kyriakos C. Neanidis; Maria Paola Rana Publication Date: June 2017 Summary: In a companion study, Blackburn et al. (Econ Theory Bull, 2017), developed a theoretical framework for studying interactions between organized crime and corruption, with the view of examining the combined effects of these phenomena on economic growth. The analysis therein illustrates that organized […]

The Relationships Between Food Security and Violent Conflicts: The Case of Colombia

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Publication Date: December 2017 Summary: The relationships between food security and violent conflicts are conditioned, mediated and influenced by the specific context in which they take place. In the case of Colombia, the main mechanism whereby the armed conflict has had a negative effect on […]

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