Study on Mali suggests warns of ‘security first’ policies as counterproductive

A paper published by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, a coalition of researchers, suggests that interventions by overseas donors against Islamist terrorists have contributed to, rather than contained, the instability and cycle of violence in Mali. Based on interviews with over 150 stakeholders in Mali and from the international community, “Fixing a Fractured…

Latest Report on European Cocaine Market: Volume is stable, trafficking routes continue to diversify

This week the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released the European Drug Report (EDR) 2015. The report is the product of the established surveillance system that has evolved since 1995 and now incorporates data from 30 countries. The complexity involved in gathering, processing and analysing different information streams creates a…

Latest seizures in the mid-Atlantic confirm the growing involvement of Eastern European trafficking groups

A sharp increase of seizures of multi-tonne cocaine loads on pleasure craft bound for Europe from the Eastern Caribbean testify to the increasing capacities of law enforcement agencies. On 23 May, Portuguese Polícia Judiciária searched a 24 metre long pleasure boat that had arrived at Faial island a couple of days before. Hidden inside a…

What harm? A comparative analysis of drug trafficking and organised crime in the Netherlands and Belgium

Two highly regarded researchers in the study of drug trafficking and organized crime presented a radical analysis at last week’s conference of the International Society of the Study of Drug Policy in Ghent. Letizia Paoli (Univeristy of Leuven) and Victoria Greenfield (George Mason University) have a record of contributing to our understanding of drug markets…

News briefing – week beginning 6 April

A kingpin of the Sinaloa drug cartel, ‘La Señora’, responsible for large supplies of cocaine, has been arrested in Cancun, Mexico. Peruvian anti-drug police have released details of how narco-traffickers move cocaine through the Amazon. Bolivia has fired seven state prosecutors following investigations following complaints of irregularities, including corruption. The Colombian Navy has reportedly seized…