Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism
Countering and Combating Organised Crime and Terrorism: Actively Addressing Challenges and Responses to Current Threats
A range of security threats fall under the generic description of Organized Crime. These include abductions/kidnapping, piracy, human and wild life trafficking, organ trafficking, outright violence etc. Crimes such as circulation of weapons, drugs, counterfeit pharmaceuticals/DVDs/ garments, and other smuggled goods, also poses indirect but more widespread and serious threat to security. In some cases, organized crime poses a serious challenge to states themselves.
While stronger states have developed mechanisms to withstand such challenges, in less resilient, fragile or post-conflict states, organised crime can erode state structures, undermine the rule of law, reduce the legitimacy of governments and widen the gap between citizens and state institutions. Problems from such states also have a tendency to outpour into neighbouring states, posing an enduring security threat, even if the latter is stronger and has mechanisms to thwart such threats. The threat from organized crime, however, takes a whole new dimension when linked with terrorism.
Key Takeaways from this Course
1. Criticality of Operational Nexus: How does an operational nexus help both terrorists and organised crime to thrive?
2. Nexus Variations: Tracking the nexus from outfit to outfit, across regions and across ideologies.
3. Tracking the change: Is the nexus strengthening in the age of the al Qaeda and the Islamic State?
4. Impact on state security: What impact does the organized crime and terrorism nexus have on the state’s ability to provide security?
5. Link with terrorist attacks: What role does organized crime play behind the terrorist operations and attacks?
6. State policies: What have been the states policies at the national, regional as well as international levels to break the nexus and meet the challenge?
7. Reasons for lack of success: What are the reasons for the limited success? Are the loopholes systemic, operational, or display an overall lack of understanding in the dynamics of the nexus?
8. Future of Terrorism and Organised Crime: What is the future of Terrorism sustained by organised crime and what is the future of organised crime sustained by terrorism?
Who Must Attend?
The course uses the latest research and findings on organised crime and terrorism by a host of leading institutions around the world. To provide a unique and up to date perspective on the subject, it uses audio visual tools and lectures in an easy story telling format generating sufficient interest for the participants to indulge in discussions and also to question the conventional wisdom.
At the end of this two-day course, the participants would have completed an important aspect of studying counter-terrorism.
Security Directors, Senior Executives, Operations Managers, Security professionals of hotels, places of interests, tourist attractions and security consultancy companies;
- Working professionals such as managers and engineers in the IT, security, offshore shipping, and legal industries;
- Managing directors and those managing operations outside of their home country;
- Security consultants, security analyst, trainers and advisors seeking to enhance their professional status and development will also benefit from this course.
Global Counter-Terrorism and Security Analyst Dr. Bibhu Routray
Dr. Bibhu Routray served as a Deputy Director in India’s National Security Council Secretariat. He is a counterterrorism analyst by profession and has over a decade long experience in living in conflict prone areas and carrying out research on terrorist movements in South East Asia. As a terrorism specialist he has conducted several training modules for security forces, government officials, diplomatic staff, media personnel and academicians.
Dr. Bibhu is regularly featured online security forum and media including The Straits Times. He was also regularly interviewed on terrorism related subjects by Channel News Asia. Between November 2010 and March 2012, Dr. Bibhu was associated with the RSIS where he did projects on India’s CounterTerrorism Architecture after the Mumbai attacks; Military Modernisation; and India’s National Security Decision Making. Currently, he is affiliated with several think tanks as Non-Resident Visiting Fellow and is a Senior Analyst with the Global Multiplayer Consultancy firm, the Wikistrat. He has finished a book project on the best practices in counterterrorism in Southeast Asia.
- PhD in Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University
- Masters of Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University
- MA in Politics with specialization in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University
- BA in Political Science from Utkal University
Areas of Expertise:
- South and Southeast Asia
- Radical Islamist Movements
- India Foreign Policy