#Med2019 - Agenda

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Illicit Trafficking

Parco dei Principi Hotel, Rome


The threats to security and stability in the Mediterranean region are increasingly multifaceted and interconnected. The failure of certain states close to its periphery and the consequential lack of effective territorial control have all provided new and profitable opportunities for criminal organizations to thrive while opening new networks for transnational illicit traffics. In other cases, criminality and politics even appear intertwined, thus further expanding the influence and reach of illegal actors from a geopolitical perspective. At the same time, terrorist groups have sometimes exploited criminal activities to finance and sustain their operations, while illicit traffics have provided terrorists with crucial equipment and logistics.

• To what extent does terrorism, especially the jihadi motivated one, rely on criminality and illegal traffics?
• How do transnational criminal organizations impact on security in the region?
• What are the legal implications and the jurisdictional challenges in these threats?


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  • Emanuele ADAMO, Institutional Relations for Investments, Head of Risk Management & Internal Control, Nestlé Italiana SpA, Italy
  • Emadeddin BADI, Non-Resident Scholar, Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program, Middle East Institute
  • Tarek BEN YAHIA, Manager Illicit Trade Prevention Maghreb – North Africa, Philip Morris International Alsharif Nasser BIN NASSER, Managing director, Middle East Scientific Institute for Security, Jordan
  • Franco BRUNI, Vice-President, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy
  • Raul CARUSO, Professor, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
  • Jessica CASTAGLIUOLO, Journalist, Affari Italiani, Italy
  • Andrea CELLINO, Head of North Africa Desk, Middle East and North Africa Division, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Switzerland
  • Marco HARALD CONTICINI, Student, University of Surrey
  • Francesca DE MORO, Team Assistant, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • Emmanuel DUPUY, President, Institut Prospective & Sécurité en Europe (IPSE), France
  • Tim EATON, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa programme, Chatham House, UK
  • Alice FEREDAY, Libya Programme Officer, Promediation, France
  • Mauro GAROFALO, Institutional relations, Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Italy
  • Dalia Zina GHANEM, Resident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon
  • Alvise GIUSTINIANI, Vice President Illicit Trade Prevention, Philip Morris International
  • Christine GRAU, Head of Division, Migration and Human Security in the Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues Department, European External Action Service
  • Sarhang HAMASAEED, Director of Middle East Programs, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Marco HANNAPPEL, Managing Director, Philip Morris Italy, Italy
  • Jeffrey HARDY, Director-General, Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade
  • Thomas HILL, Senior Program Officer, North Africa, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), USA
  • Giorgio LA ROSA, Illicit Trade Prevention Specialist, Philip Morris Italy, Italy
  • Wolfram LACHER, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Germany
  • Dominique LAPPRAND, General Secretary, Association de Lutte Contre le Commerce Illicite (ALCCI), France
  • Alessandra LIQUORI, Liaison Officer, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • Fiona MANGAN, Research Director, Justice + Security in Transitions
  • Piergiorgio MARINI, Manager Illicit Trade Prevention, External Affairs Philip Morris Italy, Italy
  • Terry MAROCCO, Journalist, Panorama, Italy
  • Antonio MAZZITELLI, Regional Director (West and Central Africa), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Mark MICALLEF, Senior Fellow, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Rebecca MURRAY, Independent Journalist and Researcher
  • Luis Moreno OCAMPO, PMI IMPACT Expert Council Member
  • Ruth Freedom POJMAN, Member of Supervisory Board, Your Public Value; Consultant, Winrock International, Austria
  • Luca RAINERI, Research fellow in International Relations and Security Studies, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
  • Alexandria REID, Research Analyst, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) ,UK
  • Niccolò RUSSO PEREZ, Coordinator International Affairs Program, Compagnia di Sanpaolo, Italy
  • Michele SAMOGGIA ZERBETTO, Manager Communication & Sustainability, Philip Morris Italy
  • Christine STRASSMAIER, Vice-Chairman, Middle East and International Affairs (MEIA) Research
  • Tatiana STRATILA, Manager PMI IMPACT, Philip Morris International
  • Piotr STRYSZOWSKI, Senior Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Christian SWAN, Director External Engagement, PMI IMPACT, Philip Morris International
  • Leif VILLADSEN, Senior Programme Officer – Deputy Director, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • Matteo VILLA, Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy
  • William F. WECHSLER, Director for Middle East Programs, Rafik Hariri Center, Atlantic Council, USA
  • Helena WINIARSKA – TWORÓG, Policy officer, DG HOME, European Commission

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