This brief aims to contribute to the basis of evidence for ongoing debates over the complex connections between criminal markets and conflict actors, organized-criminal groups and their use of violence in conflict settings. It presents a thorough analysis of the content of the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions from 2000 to 2017, according to references made within the resolutions to forms of organized crime. Security Council resolutions provide a comprehensive overview of major threats to global peace and security and so provide a rich documentary resource for analysis and an indicator of the dynamics of contemporary conflict. It is an indicator that is wide-ranging, both in terms of global scope and in reflecting conflict trends over time.

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Charting Organized Crime and Illicit Flows at the Security Council: An Interactive Tool


A team of research assistants coded all resolutions from 1 January 2000 – 31 December 2017, totalling 1113 resolutions. All resolutions passed by the UNSC since 1946 can be found by clicking here. Resolutions from before the year 2000 were not used in this study.