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A Joint RUSI – Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime Roundtable

Monday 12 October 2015, 14:00-17:00

Writing Room, RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET

As violent criminal networks have become increasingly involved in the trafficking of wildlife, pushing iconic species to the brink of extinction, the argument for militarised responses has become increasingly vocal, both to protect the key remaining wildlife species, and to counter poaching. This is resulting in an arms race between poachers and rangers, with a consequential rising death toll. This discussion will focus on the framework for the effective use of military or security-based strategies to counter wildlife, within the context of other strategies being employed, from criminal justice responses to community development.

A flyer for the event is available for download at this link.


  • Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (Chair)
  • Julian Rademeyer, Senior Researcher, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Rosaleen Duffy, Professor, Political Ecology of Development, SOAS
  • John M Sellar, Former Chief of Law Enforcement, CITES
  • Jasper Humphreys, Marjan Centre for War and the Non-Human Sphere
  • Corporal Luke Townsend MA, Royal Lancers Counter Poaching Coordination Team

The event will be live-tweeted at @GI_TOC and @RUSI_org. The event will also be recorded, and a the video recording will be posted to the Global Initiative’s YouTube channel; following the event’s conclusion.

This event is part of a series on militarised responses to criminal activity, including drugs, piracy and migration. For more information see www.rusi.org/militarization or www.globalinitiative.net/militarization.