How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa

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The link between wildlife poaching and terrorism and instability is often discussed but rarely documented. This investigative piece maps the precise trail of an illicit ivory tusk from southeastern Central African Republic deep into Sudan. It also highlights the complicated calculus behind Joseph Kony’s LRA, national militaries, and other poachers as they kill elephants for meat, cash, or future insurance, as well as the impact on local populations and park rangers.

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Security Topics: Combating Organized Crime Natural Resources and Conflict