Tuesday the 15th of May, 10.30- 12.00 am

C. Organized Crime, Illicit Drugs and Terrorism - What are the linkages?

Illicit drug production in weak states have enriched guerrillas, militias, organized crime groups, terrorist groups and corrupt governments alike. Violence, corruption and insecurity threaten the integrity and legitimacy of governments and their institutions.

Yet, it is not so easy as to equate tough drug control with increased levels of violence. The illicit drug trade is more violent in some parts of the world than others. What are the linkages between organized crime, drug trade and terrorism? What blame can be attributed to the so-called war on drugs and how should the vicious cycle of state fragility, conflict and weak rule of law be turned into a virtuous cycle of increased security and development?

Dr Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute

Watch the full video of Dr Vanda Felbab-Brown's presentation here

Moderator: Walter Kegö, Senior Fellow, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden