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The RUSI Journal and Von Hügel Institute will host a series of lectures on transnational organised crime and security to explore selected themes in further depth. For more details also see www.rusi.org/events

Roundtable Discussion: Transnational Organised Crime and Security

When May 16, 2013
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where St Edmund's College, Garden Room
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Rusi Journal

Organised by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
and the Von Hügel Institute
Speakers: James Bergeron; Dr Frank G Madsen; Professor Barry Rider
Chair: Dr Geoffrey Edwards

Transnational organised crime increasingly concerns policy-makers and security experts around the world. Drug-related violence in Mexico, human trafficking in the Mediterranean, and Internet and environmental crimes are only some of the examples of transnational organised crime with increasing bearing over international security.
 
The relationship between the two phenomena deserves closer scrutiny: at what point does the existence of transnational criminal activity become an international security concern? Which aspects of international organised crime have an impact on international security and defence? How can academic research on organised crime help policy-makers to formulate adequate responses?
This roundtable will present a new series of articles in the RUSI Journal, guest edited by Dr Frank G Madsen, that explores these and other questions.
 
About the speakers:

James Bergeron currently serves as Political Advisor to the Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO, Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr Frank G Madsen is a Research Associate at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He formerly was Head of Criminal Intelligence at the Interpol General Secretariat in France and subsequently Director of Security for a US Fortune-100 multinational.

Professor Barry Rider is a Professorial Fellow, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge and Fellow Commoner, Jesus College, Cambridge.

Dr Geoffrey Edwards is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Cambridge and an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

The event is free to attend, no need to register.

RUSI-VHI Lecture Series: The Re-emergence of Chinese Organised Crime

When Oct 18, 2013
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where St Edmund's College, Garden Room
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Peng Wang (King's College London) will deliver a paper on The re-emergence of Chinese Organised Crime.

Peng Wang will present his research on the growing threat represented by Chinese organised crime to national international security, focusing on the resurgence of the criminal underworld and rampant police corruption in mainland China; cross-border crime in Greater China; and Chinese organised crime overseas, including in the UK. Wang's article "The Increasing Threat of Chinese Organised Crime. National, Regional and International Perspectives" (RUSI Journal, Volume 158, Issue 4, 2013) is available online.

The lecture will begin at 17:00 in the Garden Room (Library Building) at St. Edmund's College and drinks will follow. No booking required.

RUSI Rundtable: Transnational Organised Crime and Security – What’s Next?

When Mar 24, 2014
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
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A year ago, the RUSI Journal embarked on an exploration of the relationship between transnational organised crime and security, at a time when many still doubted the significance of the link beyond specific cases – such as drug trafficking in Afghanistan or drug-related violence in Colombia and Mexico. The series showed how organised crime is a complex, ill-defined term, underpinned by social and political dynamics as well as economic ones, and with varied and important security consequences on multiple levels. A distinguished panel including Dr Frank G Madsen – guest editor of the Journal series – Professor Barry A K Rider and James Bergeron will discuss the key questions that researchers and policy-makers alike still need to tackle in order to advance our understanding of this phenomenon and formulate the most effective approaches to counter it.

James Bergeron is Political Advisor to Allied Maritime Command in Northwood. He previously served as Political Advisor to the Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO, Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr Frank G Madsen is a research associate at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He was formerly head of criminal intelligence at the Interpol General Secretariat in France and subsequently director of security for a US Fortune-100 multinational. He was Guest Editor of the RUSI Journal series on Transnational Organised Crime and Security.

Professor Barry A K Rider is a Professorial Fellow, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge and Fellow Commoner, Jesus College, Cambridge.

The event will take place at RUSI, Whitehall, London and is open to all is part of the RUSI Journal/Von Hügel Institute lecture series on transnational organised crime and security

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