Summer Walker Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado Lyes Tagziria Mariana Botero Restrepo Kingsley Madueke Americo Maluana

Conflict, illicit economies, and community resilience

A Talk by Lyes Tagziria , Mariana Botero Restrepo , Kingsley Madueke , Americo Maluana , Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado and Summer Walker

About this Talk

The relationship between illicit economies, conflict and instability are an ongoing part of the international policy agenda. 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. 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. On top of that, the interests of and risks perceived by the local community can be quite different from these external actors, and from national actors. This event will focus on the intersection of armed conflict and illicit economies and consider the dynamic relationship between the two phenomenon, before turning to research analyzing resilience to organized crime at a community level in conflict and fragile contexts.

13 October 2022, 02:30 PM

02:30 PM - 03:45 PM

About The Speakers

Lyes Tagziria

Lyes Tagziria

Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Senior Analyst in the Observatory of Illicit Economies in West Africa, GI-TOC


Mariana Botero Restrepo

Mariana Botero Restrepo

GI TOC

Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime


Kingsley Madueke

Kingsley Madueke

Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Nigeria Research Coordinator, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime


Americo Maluana

Americo Maluana

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Researcher and programme manager, Centro Para Democracia e Desenvolvimento (CDD)


Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado

Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado

Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime


Summer Walker

Summer Walker

GI-TOC