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WEBCAST | Countering Transnational Organized Crime as a Strategy for Peacebuilding in East Africa

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for a webcast event on “Countering Transnational Organized Crime as a Strategy for Peacebuilding in East Africa” on Monday, June 8 from 10:00-11:30 am. You may view the webcast using this link.

Date & Time

Jun. 8, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am

Location

6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
This event will be webcast live

WEBCAST | Countering Transnational Organized Crime as a Strategy for Peacebuilding in East Africa

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for a webcast event on “Countering Transnational Organized Crime as a Strategy for Peacebuilding in East Africa” on Monday, June 8 from 10:00-11:30 am. You may view the webcast using this link.

While transnational organized crime (TOC) is a pervasive global issue, it is especially prevalent and damaging in conflict-affected or fragile states. This event will look at how TOC has impacted peace and security and affected peacebuilding efforts in East Africa, and offer policy recommendations for countering the impact of TOC on peace in the region.

TOC in East Africa takes many forms, including organized violence, financial crimes, narcotics, and human trafficking, piracy, and cybercrime. The issue of TOC is deeply connected to security and peacebuilding. TOC thrives in insecure environments with weak rule of law, corrupt state institutions, and limited cross-border law enforcement collaboration. In many cases violent extremists or other armed groups are also engaged in TOC, a dynamic which both provides resilient funding and reduces the incentives for any peace agreement that may make TOC more difficult.

Speakers will assess the relationship between TOC, conflict, and peacebuilding in East Africa. They will also identify policy options for African and international policymakers and practitioners to more effectively combat TOC and counteract its negative impact on peacebuilding efforts in the region.

The SVNP is a continent-wide network of African policy, research and academic organizations that works with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program to bring African knowledge and perspectives to U.S., African, and international policy on peacebuilding in Africa. Established in 2011 and supported by the generous financial support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project provides avenues for African researchers and practitioners to engage with and exchange analyses and perspectives with U.S., African, and international policymakers in order to develop the most appropriate, cohesive, and inclusive policy frameworks and approaches to achieving sustainable peace in Africa.


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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more