On 12 April, SIPRI, in cooperation with the Swedish Police Authority, organized a seminar discussion on ‘Policing organised crime in the context of UN peace operations’.
Organized crime poses challenges to the security and governance of conflict-affected countries. It is an important source of revenues that enable armed groups to engage in conflict. As a society attempts to emerge from conflict, organized crime often facilitates corruption in the state administration and thrives due to weakened state institutions and capacities.
The discussion focused on measures that the United Nations can take to break the cycle of conflict, counter organised crime and strengthen state institutions.
Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, provided introductory remarks alongside Ann-Marie Orler, Head of International Affairs Division of the Swedish Police Authority.
During the event, Dr Marina Caparini, Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI Governance and Society Programme, presented the findings of the new SIPRI Discussion Paper ‘UN Police and the challenges of organized crime’. Download the publication here.