Interfaces Between Peace Operations and Organized Crime - Implications for Police Work and Beyond

On 18 March a Challenges Forum Research Seminar took place in Oslo, hosted by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in association with the UN Police Division. In three separate sessions it examined the evolution of UN police peacekeeping; transnational organized crime and strategic perspectives on police capacity-building.

Dr. Wibke Hansen, Deputy Director and Head of Analysis at ZIF, was invited to speak at the second session titled “Transnational Organized Crime and the Role of International Police in Peace Operations”. There, she presented her background paper on “Interfaces Between Peace Operations and Organized Crime”, outlining the destabilizing effects of organized crime on international security, its link to and impact on peace operations as well as the relevance of enabling missions to counter crime more effectively.

Participants discussed how international police in peace operations can deal more effectively with organized crime, also highlighting the role of other actors and instruments in strengthening the rule of law and justice delivery. Organized crime is a challenge encountered by many peace operations and presents direct implications for security and peacebuilding objectives. However, peace operations have often ignored or overlooked this factor, resulting in insufficient mandates, equipment and personnel preparation.

For a lengthier account of the workshop and access to the other background paper please click here