The EU Global Strategy highlights organised crime as a challenge with an internal and external dimension, and an increasing number of UN Security Council Resolutions refer to organised crime as a destabilizing factor in many countries. Yet, the conceptualization of the role of international actors in addressing organised crime in fragile states and crises regions remains incomplete. The prevailing consent on this issue often masks different interests and priorities in tackling it. Moreover, the EU’s external toolkit in responding to it as part of counter-terrorism and migration policies leaves a number of aspects vague. However, it is a prerequisite to determine specifically the links of organised crime and instability for defining ways of addressing related threats.
Judith Vorrath, Senior Associate in SWP’s International Security Division will present her recent research of transnational organised crime and possible responses in West African states. Marija Atanaskova, Project Manager of the EU-funded CORMS Project, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) will provide insights from her research and actions. The panel debate’s moderator will be Dušan Reljić, Head of SWP’s Brussels office.