The missing links: Explaining the absence of debate on transnational organized crime in India

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The purpose of the Roundtable is to identify why there is no academic or thinktank discourse focused on organized crime in India, especially when the phenomenon of mafia-style criminality touches upon such issues as national security (ie., terrorism), economic performance, democratic politics and megacity policing. Organized crime should be a prime subject of research in Indian social sciences, yet it is ignored. The five distinguished experts listed above will talk about different facets of the subject, with each speaking on their own field of expertise. The audience might therefore get an all-rounded perspective of a very complicated and layered topic. The speakers will be encouraged to put questions to each other, in order to tease out as-yet-unexplored nuances of the topic under discussion.

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Dr Vanda Felbab-Brown

Senior Fellow in the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings.

Prof Natalia Galistcheva

Head of World Economy Department (MGIMO).

Dr. Prem Mahadevan

Specialised in research on organised crime, intelligence and irregular warfare. At the GI-TOC, he has researched on cybersecurity threats, environmental crime, as well as linkages between political militancy and violent criminality.

Dr Ajai Sahni

Founding Member & Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management

Mr Sandeep Unnithan

Executive Editor, India Today

Dr Milan Vaishnav

Senior Fellow and Firector of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


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