By The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. On February 11th in Geneva, we will be continuing our seminar series “Understanding the Impacts of Militarised Responses to Organised Crime” with the Royal United Services Institute.

Militarised responses continue to be dominant in the response to crimes as diverse as human smuggling, wildlife trafficking and maritime piracy. Often employed as a ‘quick fix’ or a dominant show of force, they have produced mixed results. While they generate the perception that governments are actively engaged on issues of concern to the public, and in some cases have resulted in notable successes, on the downside they have frequently also increased the loss of life, exacerbated the humanitarian consequences of a particular crime and entrenched divides between security and state institutions and the criminal proponents, narrowing the possibilities for future negotiated solutions. It has increasingly been recognised that a comprehensive approach is required to address organised crime effectively and sustainably, including long-term engagement and developmental approaches to address the issues that foster criminality.

Via two expert panels, this workshop series will examine the use of militarised responses to two diverse forms of organised crime: human smuggling and drug trafficking.  The discussions will explore the outcomes and unintended consequences of such responses, and allow for a broad debate on the issues and their potentially broader application.

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