In the News 2013 – 2014

26 December 2014: Dr. Louise Shelley writes about the links between Human Trafficking and Terrorism for the Daily Beast. Read the article here.

19 December 2014: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured in the January/February issue of Fraud Magazine. The issue examines money laundering in the real estate sector and the requirements, or lack thereof, for the industry to perform due diligence in verifying the source of payment for real estate purchases. Read the article here.

15 December 2014: A book discussion on “Dirty Entanglements” was held at the German Bundestag, organized by Zukunftsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit (Think Tank Public Security). The event was hosted by, Sabine Rau, political correspondent for public broadcasting station ARD, and the panel discussion included Prof. Florian Kühn, Humboldt University Berlin.

15 December 2014: Dr. Louise Shelley presented her book, “Dirty Entanglements,” at the international headquarters of Transparency International, in Berlin.

15 December 2014: TraCCC director, Dr. Louise Shelley, spoke at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, along with former German Federal Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger. They spoke about Dr. Shelley’s book, Dirty Entanglements, as well as terrorist funding. Watch the talks here, and view the subsequest Q&A here.

Louise Shelley and Sabine Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger at Hertie School of Governance

5 Demember 2014: The Fiscal Times quoted Dr. Louise Shelley in its analysis of Vladimir Putin’s address to the Russian Federal Assembly regarding the financial assets of Russians that are held outside the country. Read the article here.

3 December 2014: The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley on the POTUS station of Sirius/XM radio featured Dr. Louise Shelley. Subscribers can listen here.

1 December 2014: Foreign Affairs published an article by Dr. Louise Shelley that chronicles the diversification of money making efforts by the group, ISIS. Read the article here.

18 November 2014: David Luna, Senior Director for Anticrime Programs, at the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, cited Dirty Entanglements by Dr. Louise Shelley, and mentioned TraCCC and GMU during his remarks to the NATO Advance Research Workshop. The workshop was titled, “Neutralizing Radicalized Threat Networks, Disrupting WMD Illicit Traffickers and Targeting Corrupt Facilitators.” You can read the remarks here.

November 17: TraCCC staff and students Andy Guth, Robyn Anderson, Kasey Kinnard, and Hang Tran have had an article published in the peer reviewed journal “Social Inclusion.” The paper, called “Proper Methodology and Methods of Collecting and Analyzing Slavery Data: An Examination of the Global Slavery Index” can be read here.

14 November 2014: Famed German newspaper, Die Welt interviewed Dr. Louise Shelley on her book, Dirty Entanglements, and on the changing face of terrorism funding for groups like the so-called Islamic State. The interview was featured in online and print issues of the paper. Read it online, in German, here. Read in English, here.

13 November 2014: The U.S. Embassy in South Africa issued a press release detailing its distribution of $3 million to fund anti-wildlife trafficking efforts in South Africa. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and includes TraCCC’s funding for current wildlife crime research in South Africa. Read the press release here.

13 November 2014: Dr. Shelley was a keynote speaker at the Global Witness 20th anniversary event in Washington DC on November 13th; ‘Guns, Gems, Trees & Oil; Reflections on Two Decades of Global Witness’ Work and the Implications for US Foreign Policy’

  1. Shelley at Global Witness

30 October 2014: Dr. Shelley is featured on the Kojo Nnamdi show on NPR station WAMA 88.5FM to discuss ISIS funding. Additional guests included Juan Zarate, Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Matthew Levitt, Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute on Near East Policy. Listen to the show here.

22 October 2014: Dr. Shelley presents Dirty Entanglements and takes questions about transnational crime, corruption and terrorism at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The event was moderated by Moisés Naím and aired on C-Span’s BookTV. Watch the presentation here.

24 October, 2014: Dr. Shelley is featured on the Tavis Smiley Radio Show on Public Radio International to discuss terrorism, corruption and organized crime. Listen to the interview here.

14-15 October, 2014: Dr Shelley spoke in panel discussions at the closed-door forum on cyber security and the growing worldwide challenge of cyber crime. The event was hosted by the French-American Foundation and Interpol. Topics presented by Dr. Shelley included Characterizing Illicit Activity in Cyberspace:Porous Conceptual Boundaries and Legal Frameworks. Read about the event here.

29 September, 2014: Dr. Shelley spoke with John Hockenberry of The Take Away to discuss the U.S. strategy for ISIS and changes that should be considered. Listen here.

22 September, 2014: Long time TraCCC contributor and affiliate, Richard Kauzlarich (former US ambassador to Azerbaijan) was quoted by the Huffington Post, in a blog post, on the influence over U.S. foreign policy that is exerted by external forces and governments. Read the post here.

19 September, 2014: Dr. Shelley’s book, Dirty Entanglements is featured, with an excerpt, in the online magazine “Warscapes,” which publishes literature that puts a lens on areas of conflict in the world. Read the article here.

10 September, 2014: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured in a Fox 29 San Antonio story on the global reach of ISIS. A timely talk given the unveiling of President Obama’s plan for addressing ISIS (aka ISIL). Watch the story here.

29 August, 2014: Excerpt of Louise Shelley’s book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism was featured by CQ Researcher in its report on Transnational Crime, to address the question, “Is cross-border criminality getting worse?” The excerpt can be seen here. View the complete report here.

21 August, 2014: Louise Shelley was guest contributor on the John Batchelor radio show, hosted by Malcolm Hoenlein, where she discussed her new book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism. Listen here (Dr. Shelley enters at 31min and 25sec) and stay tuned for information on her return to the show for a full length discussion of the book.

3 July 2014: The Nation published report on the presence of dirty money in Manahattan real estate transactions, and included analysis by Dr. Louise Shelley. Read the article here.

3 July 2014: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists issued their study of illicit financial flows in real estate transactions, including interview with Dr. Louise Shelley. Read the artile here.

22 May, 2014: USA Today published column by Louise Shelley addressing kidnapping as a fundraising tool of Boko Haram. Addressing the business model of this group and many like it could be the key to succeeding where military action alone has failed to minimize the effects of these organizations. Read the article here.

8 May 2014: Louise Shelley served as guest expert on transnational crime and the business acumen of terrorist organizations on Icelandic radio. Note that the interviewer is speaking Icelandic. Listen to the story here.

12 March, 2014: Louise Shelley gave a lecture (in French) on The Future Trends of Terrorism and Crime at the graduate degree program on Contemporary Criminal Threats at the University of Paris-Pantheon-Assas.

March, 2014: The Asian Journal of Criminology (volume 9, #1) published Louise Shelley’s review of Crime and Terrorism by Peter Grabosky and Michael Stohl (ISBN: 978-1-84920-031-8). The journal is available online, and the review can be accessed here.

March, 2014: The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime featured an interview with Louise Shelley on transnational organized crime. The full interview is available here.

February, 2014: Louise Shelley’s report Human Smuggling and Trafficking into Europe: A Comparative Perspective was published by the Transatlantic Council on Migration.

28 January, 2014: TraCCC PhD candidate Bilal Wahab will give a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations entitled Turmoil in Iraq: The View from Erbil. Mr. Wahab is a lecturer at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS).

January, 2014: Turkish publisher Adalet Yayınevi has published an important new book in Turkish by TraCCC alumnus Dr. Mahmut Cengiz. Küreselleşmenin Karanlik Noktasi Organize Suçlar (ISBN 978-605-1463-018) is a comprehensive overview of transnational organized crime, and includes treatment of such issues as globalization, the historic development of organized crime, illicit networks, threat finance, corruption and money laundering, as well as the principal tools in the fight against organized crime.

16 December, 2013: An op-ed piece co-written by Senior Advisor Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth Yalowitz was published in The American Interest. Entitled Georgia Needs Leaders, Not Messiahs, it discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Georgia’s new generation of leaders. Read the full text here.

19 November, 2013: TraCCC staff and students attended a one-day symposium celebrating Mason’s commitment to the United Nations Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for businesses and other organizations committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 widely accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anticorruption. Graduate students Andy Guth and Enkhchimeg Sengee delivered presentations on their work in these areas, and Ms. Sengee also gave a poster presentation for the midday session of the symposium. A report on Mason’s UNGC-related activities during the 2012-13 academic year is available online.

Enkhchimeg Sengee discusses TraCCC’s current initiatives at the UNGC Symposium

7 November, 2013: TraCCC Senior Policy Fellow and Diplomat in Residence Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth Yalowitz gave a talk at the at Kennan Institute entitled The 2013 Georgian Presidential Election: An Assessment. Having served as an election monitor under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute, Amb. Yalowitz offered an evaluation of the election based on his observations.

31 October, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in International Educator (vol. 22, no. 5, September-October 2013) on the links between organized crime, corruption and human trafficking. A copy of the article on human trafficking can be downloaded here.

3 October, 2013 TraCCC researcher Dmitry Poletaev presented the findings of his recent research project in a press conference at the Independent Press Center. It was held in conjunction with the Department of Interregional Cooperation, National Policy and Relations with Religious Organizations in Moscow. Dr. Poletaev discussed the plight of migrant workers’ children in Moscow. The audience included experts from the mass media, the regional Department of Education and administrators from the City of Moscow. For more information on Dr. Poletaev’s work, see Aaron Beitment’s TraCCC blog post from August 21, 2013.

22 September, 2013: Louise Shelley was quoted in The Jerusalem Post in an article by Harold Goldmeier called Your Business: The Seamy Underbelly of Business, which outlines the scope and character of the global human trafficking problem. The full article (in English) is available here.

22 September, 2013: Human Security, Transnational Crime and Human Trafficking: Asian and Western Perspectives (edited by Shiro Okubo and Louise Shelley) is now available in paperback. The volume examines the global problems of human trafficking and organized crime, compares the experience and perception of these problems in Asia and the West, and discusses the policy responses of key states and international institutions.

10 September, 2013: Routledge launched a new title in their Transnational Crime and Corruption series: Environmental Crime in Russia: Federal and Regional Perspectives. Edited by Sally Stoecker and Ramziya Shakirova, this collection examines a wide range of Russian environmental crime, from radioactive pollutants to illegal logging and wildlife poaching, as well as the corruption that facilitates it.

2-6 September, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley was a keynote speaker at an event in Bogota, which marked the 15th anniversary of Transparency International’s activities in Colombia. During her visit to Bogota, she was interviewed for Colombian television (Canal Capital’s Su Madre Naturaleza) in connection with the event. Watch the entire broadcast (in Spanish) here.

She also gave an interview for Semana in Colombia, in which she discussed successes and challenges in the fight against crime and corruption, both in Colombia and worldwide. For the full written article (in Spanish), click here.

Louise Shelley’s presentation at Transparency International Colombia’s 15th Anniversary meeting, September 2013

(Left to right) Louise Shelley (director of TraCCC), Huguette Labelle (Chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International), Elisabeth Ungar (Executive Director of Transparency International Colombia) and Patrick Alley (Co-Founder of Global Witness)

September, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley serves on the OECD Task Force on Charting Illicit Trade, for which she has been appointed co-chair of the subgroup on Trafficking in Persons. TraCCC Senior Fellow Gretchen Peters now co-chairs the subgroup on Environmentally Sensitive Goods.

16 August, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley’s book Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective was mentioned by John Tirman in the Washington Post, in his discussion of Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight by Stephanie Hepburn and Rita J. Simon. Read the full piece here.

31 May, 2013: With Denis Corboy and William Courtney, TraCCC’s diplomat-in-residence Ambassador (ret.) Ken Yalowitz and Deputy Director Ambassador (ret.) Rich Kauzlarich co-wrote an op-ed on Changing Strategic Interests in the South Caucasus in The American Interest.

3 May, 2013: TraCCC doctoral student Nazia Hussain has been awarded a fellowship to attend the TSAS Summer Academy 2013, the summer school of the Canadian network for research on Terrorism, Security and Society. This week-long program for graduate, post-doctoral students and junior policy makers in government, will be held at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, on the Vancouver Campus of the University of British Columbia.

2 May, 2013: Nazia Hussain’s post Pakistan’s Jihadi Problem and the Middle East was published as part of the Middle East-Asia Project (MAP), and initiative undertaken by the Middle East Institute.

25 April, 2013: TraCCC’s publication Organized Crime and Corruption in Georgia, edited by Louise Shelley, Erik R. Scott and Anthony Latta, was reprinted in paperback this month.

16 April, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley’s participation in Grinnell College’s three-day program on human trafficking was covered by KCRG news.

5 April, 2013: Firstpost published an article on Gretchen Peters’ research on Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, who “has emerged as the principal provider of financial services to narcotics traffickers and jihadists across South Asia”. Peters describes Ibrahim as “the Goldman Sachs of organised crime”, moving “billions of dollars annually”, and servicing “a wide range of clients from corrupt officials, to drug traffickers to terrorists”.

25 March, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley was interviewed for KFUO radio’s BookTalk about her book Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective. She discussed with host Rodney Zwonitzer the scale and character of the global human trafficking problem, as well as its impact in the U.S. A recording of the full interview can be streamed or downloaded here.

21 March, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley received the G. O. W. Mueller Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Criminal Justice by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The Mueller Award is conferred annually on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of comparative/international criminal justice spanning the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Dr. Shelley accepted the award at the ACJS 2013 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Louise Shelley (center) accepts the Mueller award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

27 February, 2013: TraCCC completed a report on its activities with regard to the United Nations Global Compact. On July 1, 2012, George Mason University formally joined UNGC, which is a strategic policy initiative for businesses and other organizations that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten widely accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. TraCCC’s well-established work in all four of these areas serves to underscore Mason’s commitment to the principles of the UNGC.

26 February, 2013: TraCCC Ph.D. candidate Nazia Hussain co-authored an op-ed piece entitled Afghanistan 2015: The Dawn of a Regional Opium War?, which was published in Yale’s Journal of International Affairs.

20 February, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke at the monthly dinner meeting of The Arlington Committee of One Hundred, an event which explored the scale and character of the trade in persons, as well as its impact on Arlington and other counties in Northern Virginia.

18 February, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke as part of a webinar on human trafficking, in conjunction with Social Media Week: Washington DC.

31 January, 2013: Alexandra Selzer’s article Human trafficking: the case of Burmese refugees in Thailand was published in the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice. The article has been published online, and will appear in a print issue of the journal later in the year.

29 January, 2013: TraCCC’s Deputy Director, Amb. (ret.) Richard Kauzlarich, was interviewed by Voice of America regarding recent developments in Azerbaijan, including corruption. A video of the full interview (in Azerbaijani) is available here.

26 January, 2013: Dr. Louise Shelley was quoted in a Guardian article on cigarette smuggling in north Africa, where revenue from illicit trade is used to fund Islamist violence, such as Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s attack on the Tiguentourine gas field in Algeria this month.

25 January, 2013: Amb. (ret.) Richard Kauzlarich was interviewed for Turan about rioting in Ismayilli. Read the full article here.

24 January, 2013: TraCCC’s Senior Advisor and Diplomat in Residence, Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth Yalowitz, co-authored the op-ed piece Dealing with Two Russias, which appeared in the New York Times on January 24th, and The International Herald Tribune on January 25th.