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The Journal of International Affairs Thought Leadership Forum on Transnational Organized Crime

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Published on Feb 3, 2013

The Journal of International Affairs hosted its fifth Thought Leadership Forum on Friday, Dec 7th at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

The Forum is the Journal's signature event, bringing together thought leaders from across the policy spectrum to debate pressing global issues. It is a unique opportunity for students and thought leaders to engage in intellectual debate, with a rigor and spirit of inquiry that foster a more nuanced understanding of the issues. This fall's forum was the official launch of the Journal's Fall/Winter 2012 issue on Transnational Organized Crime. This issue featured articles from leading experts and academics in the field such as: Jay Albanese, Ashley Neese Bybee, Louise Shelley, Lorraine Elliot, and others.

The Thought Leadership Panel for this event was comprised of academics, practitioners and policy innovators.

Moderator:
Dipali Mukhopadhyay, PhD, Assistant Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

Keynote:
Alison Friedman, Deputy Director, U.S. State Department Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons

Panelists:
Joseph E. Evans, Former Regional Director of North and Central America, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Kathi Lynn Austin, Executive Director, Conflict Awareness Project
Warda Henning, Program Management Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Justin Kosslyn, Product Manager, Google Ideas

On Transnational Organized Crime:

Globalization has opened world markets to trade and investment, but has also allowed criminal enterprises to build multibillion-dollar empires through money laundering, cyber crime, and the trafficking of human beings, weapons and drugs. The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of the Journal of International Affairs explored this phenomenon from different perspectives to yield insight about how nations can work together and use global governance to curb its rise. The forum provided scholars, authors, policymakers, opinion leaders, and students the opportunity to engage in a discussion on transnational organized crime and the evolving threats to international security, financial markets, development, and human rights worldwide.

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