The Global Initiative Network

GI-TOC Staff Member, GIN Member

Walter Kemp

Director: Global Strategy against TOC, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Walter Kemp has led a two-year multi-stakeholder process to identify the building blocks of a global strategy against transnational organized crime. Previously, he was director of GI’s Observatory of Illicit Economies in South Eastern Europe. Before joining GI, Walter was head of the Strategic Policy Support Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Between 2010 and 2016 he worked at the International Peace Institute (IPI) where he led the Institute’s “Peace without Crime” project. Previously he served for four years as spokesman and speechwriter at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Between 1996 and 2006 he was at the OSCE, including as Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and Senior Adviser to the Secretary General and OSCE Chairmanships. Walter, who is Canadian, has a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, as well as degrees in political science and history from the University of Toronto and McGill University. In addition to his work at GI, he is Senior Strategy Adviser at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy and teaches at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.

  • Crooked Kaleidoscope: Organized Crime in the Balkans
  • From the Margins to the Mainstream: Toward an Integrated Multilateral Response to Organized Crime (2014)
  • The Elephant in the Room: How Can Peace Operations Deal with Organized Crime? (2013)
  • Co-author of Spotting the Spoilers: A Guide to Analyzing Organized Crime in Fragile States (2012)
  • Editor of Blood and Borders (2010)
  • Quiet Diplomacy in Action (2001)
  • Nationalism and Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (1999)

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