Oct. 17, 2017

Webcast: Traffickers and Truckers

Investigative reporter and best-selling author Gretchen Peters shares her insights into the means and methods used by illicit power structures, and in particular, the activities that exemplify illicit economic activity. She further describes the processes she uses to understand the operational environment, and offers suggestions on how to address the information-gathering challenge.

Oct. 17, 2017

Webcast: The Odessa Network: Understanding Enablers

In this short webcast, David Johnson, the Executive Director of C4ADS, a Washington, DC-based think tank that specializes in network analysis, discusses the lessons that C4ADS learned during its process of unraveling the Odessa Network, a Russian-controlled arms trafficking enterprise. He explains C4ADS’s open source methodology, and further outlines how the C4ADS team has subsequently applied its techniques to other illicit activities including wildlife trafficking and the proliferation of hate speech.

Oct. 17, 2017

Webcast: Sacred Documents and the Enemies of Peace: Why Agreements Matter

This short webcast by rule of law and security sector reform expert Michelle Hughes, provides an overview of the importance of peace agreements and settlements to efforts to contain illicit power in the aftermath of conflict and political transition. Contributing authors highlight key issues, while Hughes provides a roadmap for analysis and comparison using case studies from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Colombia, as well as contextual consideration of the conflicts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Oct. 17, 2017

Webcast: Convergence in Criminalized States

Using Latin America as a regional case study, veteran journalist Douglas Farah presents his analysis, based on more than three decades of investigation, into the convergence of insurgency, extremism, corruption, and transnational organized crime. His detailed narrative provides a comprehensive overview of the phenomena described in Convergence, Impunity, and Beyond Convergence., This 30-minute webcast is an excellent scene-setter for deeper study into the totality of the issues explored in all three publications.

Oct. 17, 2017

Podcast: Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition – A Conversation with the Authors

This two-part podcast is an edited version of the book launch for Impunity, hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in 2017. It features eight of the contributing authors, who discuss a range of issues including how criminal patronage networks arise, the destabilizing effects of unchecked, transnational organized crime and corruption, and the opportunities and challenges for policing in a civil-military environment. This podcast has been specially edited for use as a “listen ahead” assignment.

Oct. 17, 2017

Webcast: Convergence, Beyond Convergence, and the Challenge of Impunity

In this short webcast, author, editor, and political scientist Michael Miklaucic, aided by contributors to Impunity and Beyond Convergence, defines the problem posed by illicit actors and their impact on the future of our national security and the risks to state sovereignty and international order.

Oct. 16, 2017

Module 4: Capacity Building, Institutional Development, and Accountability

Module 4 focuses on capacity building, to include security sector reform and security sector governance, and look at the enduring lessons from both US and international security assistance efforts around the world. Discussions should cover overlooked challenges in effective monitoring and evaluation of capacity, and include consideration of enduring insights from both pre-and post-conflict stabilization; capacity building issues and planning for accountability and anti-corruption.

Oct. 11, 2017

Module 5: Countering Illicit Power in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations

Module 5 is not a traditional teaching module in the sense that the others are but it can easily be adapted to become one. It consists of an e-guide to countering illicit power in HADR operations and its utility as a planning and implementation template. The e-guide was developed as a distance learning tool that can be converted to a platform lecture, panel presentation, or used as a checklist in scenario based, HADR tabletop exercises.

Oct. 10, 2017

Module 6: Planning and Prioritization

The purpose of Module 6 is to provide students with additional readings and perspectives that knit together the themes and lessons from the previous five modules. This is not a structured lecture, but rather an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and their implications for future operations.

Oct. 9, 2017

Module 7: Applied Learning

During the test and evaluation process, all formats, except for the one-day seminar, concluded with an applied learning exercise that reinforced the concepts and learning that had taken place. Ultimately, two options proved to be the most effective.

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