The Global Initiative Network

Expert, GI-TOC staff member

Matt Herbert

Senior Expert at the North Africa and Sahel Observatory, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Matt is a Senior Expert at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, managing research activities for the North Africa and Sahel Observatory. He specializes in transnational organized crime, fragility, stabilization, and security sector reform and governance.

He has worked on security sector reform, irregular migration, and organized crime issues in North and West Africa, consulted on security, development, and public health issues in East Africa, worked on transnational organized crime for the state of New Mexico, and served as a policy aide to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

He has authored a number of articles, reports and book chapters on transnational organized crime, irregular migration, border security, and security sector reform with organizations including the Global Initiative, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, Migration Policy Institute, Institute for Security Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and U.S. Institute of Peace

Matt holds a PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, with a sub-specialization in security studies and law & development. He has a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the same institution, and a joint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College of Santa Fe.

Selected Articles and Assessments

Selected Commentary
  • “Communities and Crime Wars,” written with Tuesday Reitano and Siria Gastelum Felix. In The Routledge Handbook of Smuggling, Edited By Max Gallien and Florian Weigand (Routledge, November 2021).
  • “Conflict, Coping and Covid: Changing human smuggling and trafficking dynamics in North Africa and the Sahel in 2019 and 2020,” written with Mark Micallef, Rupert Horsley, Alex Bish, Alice Fereday and Peter Tinti. Global Initiative (May 2021).