The Elephant in the Room: How Can Peace Operations Deal with Organized Crime?

By Walter Kemp, Mark Shaw, and Arthur Boutellis, International Peace Institute
June 30, 2013

The Elephant in the Room - UNOrganized crime often surges in post-conflict contexts, becoming a major source of funds for competing factions within emerging governance structures. Moreover, once organized crime becomes deeply entrenched in a post-conflict political economy, it typically delays the recovery process, weakens the political transition, and complicates peacekeeping interventions. Peace operations need to confront these dangers early by embedding more investigative and intelligence expertise in missions to better assess and track illicit activities while deploying more robust policing capacity to disrupt organized criminal networks.

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Security Topics: Peacekeeping