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Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition

Experience has shown that international interventions are directly undermined by the presence of criminal and political patronage networks, militias, and other proscribed groups that enrich themselves through trafficking, exploitation of national resources, and the capture of state institutions. How countries address these illicit networks – and deprive them of their power – represents one of the great challenges of the 21st century. This conference, which is based on the new book Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition, discussed the nature of these networks and what can be done to dismantle them.

Date & Time

Mar. 17, 2017
9:00am – 12:30pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition

Co-sponsored by the National Defense University Center for Complex Operations

Experience has shown that international interventions are directly undermined by the presence of criminal and political patronage networks, militias, and other proscribed groups that enrich themselves through trafficking, exploitation of national resources, and the capture of state institutions. How countries address these illicit networks – and deprive them of their power – represents one of the great challenges of the 21st century. This conference, which is based on the new book Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition, discussed the nature of these networks and what can be done to dismantle them.

Agenda

0900-0915—Welcome and Introductory Remarks

0915-1030—Panel One: Illicit Networks; Here, There, Everywhere: Afghanistan, Haiti, Kenya 

  • Introduced by Michael Miklaucic, Director of Research, PRISM Editor, Center for Complex Operations (INSS)
  • Carl Forsberg, Harrington Doctoral Fellow and Fellow, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas at Austin
  • Gretchen Peters, Executive Director, Satao Project
  • David Beer, Senior Executive Advisor, Public Safety and International Capacity Building, Iron Door Inc.
     

1030-1045—Coffee Break

1045-1215—Panel Two: Confronting Illicit Power 

  • Introduced by Michelle Hughes, Founder, President, and CEO, VALRAC Innovation, LLC
  • David Johnson, Executive Director, C4ADS
  • Mark Kroeker; Senior Partner, Kroeker Partners LLC
  • Scott Carlson, Principal, New-Rule LLC
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1215-1230—Concluding remarks

Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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