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Christian Vianna De Azevedo

Senior Special Agent, Brazilian Federal Police

Christian has been a Special Agent with the Brazilian Federal Police for the past 19 years.

Before joining the Federal Police, he was a Tax Lawyer and Consultant with KPMG International for 4 years. He holds a degree in Law (JD) and an MA in International Relations. Also, he is currently a PhD student in International Relations. He has graduated from the National Defense University/Washington/DC in both “Strategy and Defense Policy” and “Combating Transnational Organized Crime” courses.

His expertise as a Federal Agent are as follows: Intelligence, Counterterrorism investigations, Intelligence Operations, Counter Intelligence, Jungle Operations, Counter Guerrilla Operations, Countering Transnational Organized Crime, Counter Migrant Smuggling, Anti-Corruption and Counternarcotics investigations. He has an extensive experience in transnational crime investigations and counterterrorism, both in Brazil and overseas. He was recently deployed for one year in the Middle Eastern region to investigate transnational terrorism threats and terrorism facilitation (crime x terror nexus) in a multinational environment consisting of law enforcement, intelligence and military personnel.

As an academic researcher, his main themes of research are: Terrorism/CT, Insurgency/COIN, Countering Transnational Organized Crime and Asymmetric Conflicts. He is a research fellow at the following research centers: TRAC – “Rede Colaborativa de Pesquisa em Terrorismo, Radicalização e Crime”/ PUC Minas University/Brazil, “Centro de Estudios sobre Crimen Organizado Transnacional” – CeCOT – IRI – Universidad Nacional La Plata – Argentina, Terrorism/CT and Organized Crime Research Network (Federal Police Academy), PRODEFESA (CAPES/MD) – Brazilian Ministry of Defense (In a project aimed at modelling interagency cooperation for CTOC).

He has written and published a number of articles and book chapters in 3 different languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish). Christian also acts as a lecturer and a professor at post graduation level in Brazil and overseas. He is a trainer/professor at UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute) in the area of “crime x terror nexus” and “Capacity Building to counter crime/terror convergence”. He is also a lecturer at Washington/DC based National Defense University’s Perry Center and NESA Center in the area of CTOC, CT and Capacity Building for countering crime/terror nexus.