Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)

Rescue or Risk: ‘Volunteerism’ and Human Trafficking Risks in Ukraine

3 Jan, 2023
Iisa Kosonen and Mark Williams

The Russia-Ukraine war has spurred, alongside a rise in escaping refugees to neighbouring countries, an increase in ad-hoc volunteerism through ‘at the border’ aid agencies. Often lacking formal identification or supervision, there is increased potential that the presence of these entities increases the risk of human trafficking as the war…

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The Kingpin Strategy: More Violence, No Peace

17 Nov, 2022
Eduardo Giralt and Genevieve Kotarska

The so-called kingpin strategy has long been at the heart of the War on Drugs. From Pablo Escobar to Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the strategy assumes that cutting off the head of the snake is the best way to incapacitate the body. Yet there has been increasing debate about the…

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Weapons Trafficking in Ukraine: Threat or Diversion Tactic?

7 Nov, 2022
Elijah Glantz

Fears of trafficking and black-market sale of weapons shipped to Ukraine continue to make headlines. With billions of pounds in weaponry arriving in Ukraine – ranging from small arms and light weapons (SALW) to complex rocket artillery systems – outsiders have aired concerns over the weapons’ final destinations. However, the…

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Protest Rights: Another Casualty of Climate Inaction?

31 Oct, 2022
Genevieve Kotarska and Keith Ditcham

The criminalisation of protest is of increasing concern as government priorities and the demands of eco-protest groups remain largely incompatible. The passage of The Public Order Bill raises important questions about the right to protest but also places a burden on the police to interpret and enforce vague, subjective and…

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My Enemy’s Enemy is my Friend: Polarisation, Stigmatisation, and Political Violence in Colombia

26 May, 2022
Genevieve Kotarska

As we approach Colombia’s election season, the prospect of an increase in political violence is at the front of many analysts’ minds. Colombia’s elections have often been bloody; five presidential candidates were assassinated in the 20th Century alone. Just a few years ago seven candidates were killed during the municipal…

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A New Era in the War on Drugs? Between the Lines of the US-Colombia Bicentennial Partnership

18 Mar, 2022
Genevieve Kotarska

Since establishing diplomatic relations in 1822, Colombia has become one of the United States’ (US’s) most important partners in Latin America. Collaboration notwithstanding, Colombia’s prominent role as a cultivator of coca, the base product for cocaine, has pushed counternarcotics policies centred on supply reduction to the forefront of this relationship.…

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