Expanding beyond cocaine: Rising polycriminality along the ‘cocaine route’

A Talk by Marija Atanaskova, Sasha Jesperson, Alejandro Lerch and Martin Verrier
RUSI Europe, RHIPTO Norwegian Center for Global Analyses, Graduate Institute of Geneva and RUSI

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While previously focused on the cocaine and heroin routes, increasing recognition of the convergence of different illicit flows has resulted in the European Commission broadening its approach through the Global Illicit Flows Programme. To ensure that growing polycriminality is adequately addressed, the panel of researchers have been exploring how illicit flows converge – whether this is through overlapping commodities, the enabling environment or the actors that facilitate illicit activity. The panel will discuss these forms of convergence, based on research along what is commonly referred to as the cocaine route into Europe and the implications for responses to organised crime.

Marija Atanaskova

Expert on organized crime and EU monitoring and evaluation, working on EU security and development

Sasha Jesperson

Research consultant focused on organised crime, keen to improve responses

Alejandro Lerch

Policing, transnational organised crime, political corruption.

Martin Verrier

King's College London , MA Intelligence and International Security Argentine Army War College, MA in Strategy and Geopolitics Universidad de Belgrano, BA in International Relations

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