In the News 2011 – 2012

19 December, 2012: Azerbaijani Americans for Democracy (AZAD) held a policy discussion forum entitled “Azerbaijan’s Untapped Potential for the West: Engaging Azerbaijani Society as a US Ally”. TraCCC’s Deputy Director, Ambassador (ret.) Richard Kauzlarich spoke about the importance of developing ties between Azerbaijan and the U.S. by founding those relations on shared values and goals, and about the impediments facing both countries as they do so. See the Azeri Report article for a full video of the forum, which includes Ambassador Kauzlarich’s presentation.

17 December, 2012: Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin’s article Thinking Long on Afghanistan: Could it be Neutralized? appeared in The Washington Quarterly’s Winter 2013 issue (36:1, pp. 55-72).

11 December, 2012: Turkish newspapers Merhaba Haber, Konya and Sabah published articles on Dr. Shelley’s discussion of crime and terrorism at the symposium in Antalya. The articles focus on the trade in counterfeit drugs, as well as smuggling and human trafficking, as a funding source for groups such as the PKK, IRA and KCK.

(Click on the respective newspaper names above for the full articles in Turkish.)

10 December, 2012: Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in the Turkish newspaper The Star with regard to the links between trafficking and terrorist organizations such as the IRA and PKK. For the full article (in Turkish) click here.

9 December, 2012: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke on “Transnational Organized Crime” at the 4th International Symposium on Terrorism and Organized Crime in Antalya, Turkey. She also met with two alumni from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, Mahmut Cengiz and Abdulrahman Al-Khalifa, who also attended the symposium.

Left to right: Abdulrahman Al-Khalifa, Louise Shelley, and Mahmut Cengiz

7 December, 2012: Dr. Louise Shelley attended the 4th International Symposium on Terrorism and Organized Crime, December 7-9, 2012 in Antalya, Turkey. She gave a talk entitled “The Business of Terrorism: Smuggling”. On the same panel, Associate Professor Mahmut Cengiz, a TraCCC alumnus, gave a talk called “A New Trend in Organized Crime: Spying”.

Louise Shelley pictured fourth from left

December, 2012: Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs published Dr. Louise Shelley’s article “The Diverse Facilitators of Counterfeiting: A Regional Perspective”, and Ashley Neese Bybee’s article “Transnational Organized Crime: The Twenty-first Century Expansion of the Transnational Drug Trade in Africa”. Both articles appear in Volume 66, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2012 of the journal, which is devoted to transnational organized crime.

15 November, 2012: Dr. Louise Shelley received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, while attending the meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Chicago. She is only the second person to receive this award.

Dr. Shelley with Professor Klaus van Lampe, receiving the Distinguished Scholar Award

14 November, 2012: Dr. Louise Shelley attended the World Economic Forum, where she serves on the Global Agenda Council on organized crime. She was recognized for her five years of service on global agenda councils.

Dr. Shelley (pictured second from left) with the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime

9 November, 2012: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke at the conference “Abolition, Past and Present: Scholars, Activists and the Challenge of Contemporary Slavery”, at the Gilder Lehrman Center’s Annual Conference. A video of the panel “Defining Slavery” is available in C-SPAN’s video archives, and it includes Dr. Shelley’s presentation.

1 November, 2012: Dr. Louise Shelley presented on “Global business of human trafficking” at the Cooley Law Review Symposium and Michigan Abolitionist Project Conference on Corporate Responsibility and Human Trafficking. Janna Lipman, an SPP graduate and co-founder and executive director of Anka Rising, an NGO devoted to corporate social responsibility on human trafficking is speaking as well on prevention/protection.

1 November, 2012: Deputy Director, Amb. (ret.) Richard Kauzlarich was quoted in a Washington Post article discussing Iran’s illicit drug trade and the problems it creates in the Caucasus.

26 October, Louise Shelley spoke at the OECD workshop:,”Assessing the harms posed by illicit trade and the illegal economy for global supply chain integrity, economic growth, and market security,” at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France.

22 October , Dr. Louise Shelley presented on “Corruption, Rule of Law and Fragile States,” at the high level British-American Policy Conference entitled “Crime and Terror Conference,” in London, England.

18 October 2012, Ambassador (ret.) Ken Yalowitz had his article, “The challenge for democracy in Georgia”, published by Democracy and Freedom Watch.

4 October 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in the Voice of America article entitled, “Global Trade in Fake Drugs Tops $30 Billion”

21 August 2012, Nazia Hussain, Phd student and Researcher at TraCCC, had her article, “Informal Governance and Role of State in Cities in Developing Countries: Comparing Karachi and Cairo,” published on the Middle East Institute’s website.

1 August 2012, George Mason University’s new president, Angel Cabrera, came to visit TraCCC and met with Dr. Louise Shelley.

(Pictured from Left to Right: Amb. (ret.) Ken Yalowitz, President Angel Cabrera, Dean Ed Rhodes, Dr. Louise Shelley)

10 July 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in the article, “Russia’s Drug Czar Blames Beatles for Drug Problem“, discussing the growing drug addiction trend in Russia.

25 June 2012, Deputy Director, Amb. (ret.) Richard Kauzlarich the the moderator for the DC Chapter of the Internet Society’s seminar on “Censorship 2020: The Future of Freedom Online.”

June 28-29, 2012, Ambassador Kauzlarich participated in Conference at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on Public Sector Corruption and Private Business Firms. He presented a paper on the TraCCC proposal for executive training on international crime and corruption for the private sector.

June 20, 2012 Ambassador (ret) Richard Kauzlarich participated in a World Affairs Council of DC debate at Johns Hopkins SAIS on “Averting Conflict in the Caucasus: Is Russia a Partner or a Spoiler?” with Ambassador (ret) John Evans.

07 June 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley wrote an article entitled “Transnational crime: A challenge for all” in the most recent issue of Electronic Journal USA – Partnerships Against Corruption.

April 2012 Dr. Louise Shelley and Ambassador (ret) Richard Kauzlarich jointly authored an article “Afrique : les options stratégiques pour la France” in issue #4 (Avril-Mai-Juin 2012) of La Nouvelle Revue Geopolitique.

30 March 2012, Former World Vision Fellow, Rebecca Smokowitz had her research, The Child Labor Situation: An Analysis Focusing on Iasi and Vaslui, Romania, published in the Law Enforcement Executive Forum.

29 March 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley moderated the panel, The Business of Trafficking: Data Mining and Following the International Money Trail, at the 2012 Presidential Initiatives Summit in Seattle Washington.

27 March 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in the Malaya Business Insight online article titled, “Illicit cigarettes fund terrorism.

22-23 March 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley delivered a paper titled, “Human Smuggling and Trafficking into Europe: A Comparative Perspective,” at the Conference on the Politics and Policy of Border Security held at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany and sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Migration Policy Institute.

14 March 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in hetq online article, ” Obama calls ‘Brothers’ Circle’ a National Security Threat…But Who are They?”.

5 March 2012, Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in The New Yorker magazine article “Disarming Viktor Bout,” by Nicholas Schmidle.

March 2012, TraCCC continues to expand its Routledge series with the new book “Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations: The Commodification of Illicit Flows” Edited by Ato Quayson and Antonela Arhin.

21 February 2012-TraCCC hosted Dr. Aleksandr Zelitchenko, Director of the Central Asian Drug Policy Center and Coordinator of the EU Central Asian Drug Action Program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He presented on “Current Drug Trends in Central Asia.” Flyer, Presentation, Article: Blaming the Third Force, the role of the narcotics trade in the Osh tragedy (English, Russian),

February 2012, Through a joint project between TraCCC and the World Wildlife Fund, Aleksei Vaisman, of TRAFFIC–WWF Russia and his colleagues, Sergei Matveichuk and Sergei Min’kov of the Zhitkov Research Institute for Hunting and Animal Husbandry, produced a first rate training manual, “The Меrits and Drawbacks of Legal Regulation and the Fight against the Misuse of the Environment and Poaching of Wild Animals,” for use by law enforcement practitioners, scholars and students on the laws that supposedly protect wildlife and the practices used by criminal actors to trap (and often kill) wildlife for nefarious purposes. Russian laws on poaching are scrutinized and suggestions for improvement are made in the first part of the manual. Methods for locating, documenting and investigating poaching crimes are analyzed in the second half.

20 January 2012- TraCCC hosted Major General Muniruzzanam (ret.) of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies to discuss “The Security Dimensions of Climate Change.” Flyer, Presentation, National Security and Climate Change Video via LinkTv.

January 2012, TraCCC Phd Candidate, Bilal Wahab, was featured in American, Magazine of American University, in an article entitled, “The Hard Way” where he discusses growing up in Kurdistan and becoming a “Voice for Democracy.”

January 2012, Aleko Kupatadze, an alumnus of the TraCCC Center in Georgia and a speaker at two TraCCC conferences in Washington, DC in 2010 and 2011 has been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Porgramme. Only 3 or 4 individuals worldwide are chosen annually to participate.

13 October 2011, Deputy Director, Amb. (ret.) Richard Kauzlarich was invited to speak at Vanderbilt University’s conference on “Corruption in Mexico, Russia and the United States.” His presentation was focused on “The Role of Public Policy Institutions in Addressing the Challenges of Crime and Corruption.

7 October 2011, TraCCC hosted Fashihuddin, Founder for the Pakistan Society for Criminology and Chief-in-Editor of the Pakistan Journal of Criminology. He is a senior officer of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), the author of Expanding Criminology to Pakistan, and holds a MBBS, LLB and MA in Political Science. Currently, he is the Director General of Human Rights in the Central Police Office of the KPK Province in Pakistan. He has served in many positions with various law-enforcement agencies including the Frontier Constabulary, the Intelligence Bureau, and the Federal Investigation Agency. Event Flyer,Presentation

3 October 2011, Dr. Louise Shelley presented at the OSCE’s Expert Seminar on Leveraging Anti-Money Laundering Regimes to Combat Human Trafficking. Her presentation focused on “The Business of Human Trafficking”

27 July 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in article, “Obama’s plan against transnational crime sparks concern, ” where she states “transnational crime will be a defining issue of the 21st century for policymakers…”

26 July 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in article, “Agencies unite against transnational crime,” discussing the increase in counterfeit pharmaceuticals and the Obama administration’s new strategy to combat transnational organized crime.

25 July 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley, was quoted in the NY Daily News article entitled, “Obama: Target Transnational Gangs. ”

25 July 2011- Richard Kauzlarich, Deputy Director of TraCCC, was interviewed by the Washington Post in the Article entitled, “New U.S. effort targets ‘transnational organized crime’ as threat to national security.”

July 2011- TraCCC PhD student, Andy Guth, has been appointed as an editor of the Corruption Research Network, part of Transparency International. It is a prestigious group of young scholars working worldwide on corruption issues.

June 2011- Dr. Mahmut Cengiz, former Phd student under Dr. Louise Shelley, has published his first book, Turkish Organized Crime: From Local to Global. This book provides a detailed overview of Turkish organized crime groups, examines the emergence and growth of organized crime in Turkey, and shows how these Turkish groups are now counted among the most dominant criminal organizations operating in Europe. The book also shows how organized crime groups operating in Turkey and Turkish criminal organizations in Europe operate globally through extensive criminal networks. Drawing on an impressive body of academic research, including reports, field work, and interviews conducted by the author over the last twelve years in Turkey and Europe, Dr. Cengiz concludes that Turkish organized crime will remain active regionally and globally due to a number of factors. These include Turkey’s geographical location, increasing demand for illicitly traded goods and services, continuing flows of immigrants from developing countries to Turkey, extensive Turkish Diaspora communities, as well as numerous obstacles to effective law enforcement cooperation.

26 May 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley spoke at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany about human trafficking becoming a defining issue of the 21st century. Article.

25 May 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley, William Courtney, and Kenneth Yalowitz were published in the Christian Science Monitor with the article, “ How exposing corrupt regimes can serve US security,” which discusses the fight against foreign corruption and the success of US policy.

11 April 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley was featured in the cover interview of Rortoko to discuss how Human trafficking will remain a defining problem in the 21st century.

5 April 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley gave the introduction and opening remarks for The Global Business Dialogue’s Event, Unwanted Trade: Commerce that Steals Corrupts and Destroys. Listen to the Dr. Shelley’s discussion.

25 March 2011- Hakary Amin, a visiting scholar from Kurdistan, was interviewed by Harvard Political Review to discuss the major causes of sex trafficking in the Middle East. Link to Article

8 March 2011- TraCCC hosted Professors Alain Bauer and Xavier Raufer, two French Government advisors on crime and terrorism in the conference entitled, “Security Threats: A French Perspective and Response.” They discussed France’s views on current security challenges and the recent government reorganization to address these challenges. Their understanding of France’s long involvement with the Arab world and with Africa provided a unique perspective on international security. Event Program, Panelist Bios, Relevant Publications, Event Write Up

28 February 2011- TraCCC announced the latest edition to the Routledge Book Series. The book entitled, Human Security, Transnational Crime, and Human Trafficking: Asian and Western Perspective, contrasts the experience and perception of transnational crime and human trafficking in Asia with that in the West. Event Program, Purchase this Book, Photos from Book Event

22 February 2011- TraCCC hosted a conference entitled, “The Nature, State and Capacity to Address Illicit Trade in Tajikistan and its Effect on (In)Security in Central Asia.” The two panels discussed Actors and the Stage: The State of Tajikistan Today and Terror and Crime: A Nexus or Just Convergences of Opportunity?. Further information: Event Program, Panelist Biographies, Relevant Publications, Panel Photo, Conference Write Up

10 February 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley was interviewed by Icelandic national broadcasting service in the program Spegillinn (translated: The Mirror). Dr. Shelley’s segment on human trafficking is about halfway in the program in this Podcast.

4 February 2011, Dr. Louise Shelley was an invited to be a keynote speaker at Iceland’s Biannual Gender Equality Forum held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Dr. Shelley’s Speech

31 January 2011- Dr. Louise Shelley was a guest on the Radio Show, Sins of Omission, to discuss her book, “Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective.” Discussion