Speakers & Podcasts

For a detailed schedule of the conference, please see the  CSD2014 Conference Agenda.

The CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’ took place on March 6 2014 at the Great Hall of the Strand Campus, King’s College London. Below you may find the podcasts for some of the speaker’s presentations.

Opening Keynote 

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 10.03.50 PMProfessor Mats Berdal joined the War Studies Department of King’s College London in 2003 as Professor of Security and Development. From 2000 to 2003 he was Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He directs  the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG) and is  the Programme Director for the MA in Conflict, Security and Development. He is also a member of the Academia Europaea.

PANEL 1. The Conflict-Crime Nexus

Nigel-Inkster-100x125 (2)Nigel Inkster is Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Previously, Nigel served for 31 years in the British Secret intelligence Service (SIS). He had postings in Asia, Latin America and Europe and worked extensively on transnational security issues. He was on the Board of SIS (commonly known as MI6) for seven years, the last two as Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence. He is currently Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Committee on Terrorism.


Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 1.04.10 PMLt. Gen. Jonathon Riley is a former honorary Colonel of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He commanded British peacekeeping forces in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq & Afghanistan. He also served for two years from 2007 as the deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF). He is on hold as an expert witness for the ICC and is currently a visiting professor at King’s College London.


James Macauley is Policy Adviser within the Home Office Strategic Centre for Organised Crime. His current focus is on UK overseas engagement on the threat from Latin America, West Africa and the Caribbean. Previously worked in operational delivery roles for the Home Office and as a financial consultant in the private sector.

Disclaimer: James Macauley declined the invitation to publish a podcast, his presentation cannot be made available to the general public. 

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 10.03.50 PMCHAIR: Professor Mats Berdal joined the War Studies Department of King’s College London in 2003 as Professor of Security and Development. From 2000 to 2003 he was Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He directs  the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG) and is  the Programme Director for the MA in Conflict, Security and Development. He is also a member of the Academia Europaea.

PANEL 2. Drug trafficking

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 10.03.59 PMCharlie Edwards is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of National Security and Resilience Studies at the Royal United Services Institute. Prior to RUSI he was a Research Leader at the RAND Corporation focusing on Defence and Security where he conducted research and analysis on a broad range of subject areas including: the evaluation and implementation of counter-violent extremism programmes in Europe and Africa, UK cyber strategy, European emergency management, and the role of the internet in the process of radicalisation.  He has undertaken fieldwork in Iraq, Somalia, and the wider Horn of Africa region.


kleinAxel Klein is a Lecturer in the Anthropology of Conflict, Criminal Justice and Policy at the University of Kent. In 1999, Axel was a Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and moved the following year to the European Commission as a Drug Control Officer. In 2001, he became Head of Research at Drugscope and then in 2002, Head of UK Focal Point for the EU Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction. He has worked with UN and EU agencies in over 30 countries (including Afghanistan, Cambodia and Jamaica) and has published extensively on drug trafficking. He joined the University of Kent in 2005.


george philipProfessor George Philip did his BA at Oriel College, Oxford where he graduated in PPE in 1972. He then did his doctorate at Nuffield College where he studied from 1972-75. After a year as a research fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies in London, he joined the LSE in 1976. He has been here ever since, and is now Professor of Comparative and Latin American Politics. He has edited and written in Mexico’s struggle for public security: organized crime and state responses.


Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 6.20.13 PMCHAIR: Dr. Domitilla Sagramoso is a Lecturer in Security and Development at the Department of War Studies. She obtained an MA in War Studies (KCL) in 1992 and a PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London in 1999. She joined the Department in 2005, having previously been the Principal Researcher at the Caucasus Policy Institute, within the International Policy Institute (KCL). She is an expert on issues of violence, security and development in Russia and the Caucasus. Her most recent publications include, “The Radicalisation of Islamic Salafi Jamaats in the North Caucasus: Moving Closer to the Global Jihadist Movement?”,  which was published by Europe-Asia Studies, in May 2012.

PANEL 3.  Terrorist Criminality 

Patrick Stevens picPatrick Stevens is Head of the International Division at the Crown Prosecution Service. Patrick began life as a defence lawyer and joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1994 as a local prosecutor in Buckinghamshire, where he remained until 2001 when he moved to the Counter Terrorism Division. In 2007, Patrick moved to the International Division as Deputy Head and was appointed International Director in 2008. He wrote the CPS’ first International Strategy to include Rule of Law development work, often in challenging environments. In 2009, the CPS deployed its first Criminal Justice Advisor abroad; today, the CPS has staff throughout the world working as part of a more focused UK approach to the Rule of Law, on a range of thematic and regional threats.

Disclaimer: Patrick Stevens declined the invitation to publish a podcast, his presentation cannot be made available to the general public. 

1959445_10152027057154389_1970821942_nAntônio Sampaio works as Research Analyst for Latin America at The International Institute for Strategic Studies, in London. He examines the foreign policies of key countries, regional politics, organised crime and insurgency. Antônio has helped the IISS start its first full-time programme of studies on Latin America, planning and developing articles and events. He is the author of several articles and a frequent commentator in UK and international media outlets. Antônio has a Master’s degree with distinction from the War Studies Department, King’s College London. Prior to this, he worked as an editor at the international desk of Globo News television, in Brazil.


1392574383 Tom Keatinge researches and analyses the financing of terrorist/extremist groups, focusing on mechanisms used for raising/moving funds, and assessing the extent to which targeting financing can enhance international security. He is a former investment banker who recently left the City after twenty years. He holds a Masters in Intelligence & International Security from KCL where he wrote his dissertation on the effectiveness and consequences of the global counter-terror finance (‘CTF’) regime.


s200_francisco.mazzolaCHAIR: Francisco Mazzola is a PhD candidate at the Department of War Studies researching corruption and patronage in post-civil war Lebanon and the role that former militia leaders and civil society play in maintaining informal clientelist networks of power. He studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Erlangen/ Germany and the American University of Beirut/ Lebanon. His research interest include identity construction and conflict in the Middle East, political post-conflict reconstruction and dynamics of informal rule. He has previously worked for different non-profit organizations, including the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Beirut.

PANEL 4. Human Trafficking

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 10.04.24 PMDr. Kevin B. Bales, Co-Founder and previously President of Free the Slaves. Consultant to the United Nations Global Program on Trafficking of Human Beings. He has advised the US, British, Irish, Norwegian and Nepali governments and the Economic Community of West African States on matters relating to the formulation of policy on slavery and human trafficking. Bales edited an Anti-Human Trafficking Toolkit for the United Nations, and published a report on forced labor in the US with the Human Rights Center at Berkeley.

No podcast is available for Dr. Kevin Bales.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 10.04.32 PMDr. Lynellyn D. Long is Chair of Trustees at ‘Her Equality, Rights and Autonomy’ (HERA, formerly WtW). She was Chief of Mission of the International Organisation for Migration in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2000-2002, where she managed a programme to repatriate over 400 trafficked women often to the same economic and social circumstances that caused them to risk dangerous migration.  Inspired and impressed by the women’s resilience and courage, she founded WtW in 2005 to prevent re-trafficking and to support formerly trafficked women become economically independent. Lynellyn has researched, written, and taught graduate courses on issues related to trafficking, migration, conflict prevention, microenterprise development, humanitarianism, and human rights and has published widely on these topics.  Most recently (2010 – 2012), she served as Chief of Party for the U.S Government Combating Violence against Women and Children programme in Egypt, organised by Chemonics International.

No podcast is available for Dr. Lynellyn Long.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.33.01 PMParosha Chandran is an award-winning human rights barrister at 1 Pump Court Chambers in London and co-founder of the Trafficking Law and Policy Forum. She is recognised as a leading junior in her fields at the Bar both by the Chambers and Partners Law Directory and by the Legal 500. She is also a member of ‘The Times’ Law Panel’, a list of the 100 most influential lawyers in the UK. Parosha is the General Editor of ‘The Human Trafficking Handbook: recognising trafficking and modern-day slavery in the UK’). She has been involved in projects at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, UNHCR London and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).


Profile KM 2CHAIR: Dr. Kieran Mitton joined the Department of War Studies in 2012 as Lecturer in International Relations, after completing an MA, MRes and PhD at King’s. Since 2007 he has worked with the Conflict Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG), conducting extensive fieldwork with ex-combatants in Sierra Leone for a study of reintegration. He currently leads a new CSDRG project examining the causes and shaping dynamics of extreme violence during conflict, and also researches narcotics trafficking in West Africa. His book ‘Understanding Atrocity in the Sierra Leone Civil War’ is forthcoming in 2014 (Hurst/Oxford University Press).

Closing Keynote

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 3.21.22 PMDr. Mark Shaw is Director of Communities, Crime and Conflicts at STATT Consulting, as well as Director of The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.  He has previously worked at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), including as Inter-Regional Adviser, Chief of the Criminal Justice Reform Unit, and with the Global Programme against Transnational Organised Crime, with extensive field work in fragile and postconflict states. He has held a number of other positions in government and civil society, including: Director of Monitoring and Analysis in the South African Secretariat for Safety and Security, Head of the Crime and Police Programme at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, Ford Foundation Senior Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs and United States Institute of Peace Researcher on local conflicts at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg.


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