UNU-CPR is co-hosting a virtual conference with the German Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) on Illicit Economies, Armed Conflict and Instability.
The relationship between illicit economies, conflict and instability has been part of the international policy agenda for some time. From the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the heroin trade in Afghanistan, illicit economies have been shown to fund insurgencies and political actors, and to contribute to ongoing conflict. Many countries presently on the Council’s agenda have illicit economies that international actors are mandated to address. Responses to these conflicts have included a combination of national, regional and international interventions. However, international interests – multilateral and bilateral – can be different for illicit economies (particularly those linked to transnational flows) than for conflict. This event will focus on cases where armed conflict and illicit economies intersect and consider the dynamic relationship between the two.
Welcome Remarks – 3:00 – 3:15 PM (CET)
Panel One: Illicit Economies and Armed Conflict: Presentations and Policy Implications – 3:15 – 4:15 PM (CET)
Panel Two: Consequences for Responses and Capacity-Building Efforts on the Ground – 4:15 – 5:15 PM (CET)
Closing Remarks – 5:15 – 5:30 PM (CET)