Negotiating with Organized Crime: Approaches, evidence & implications

Event Date: Tuesday March 5, 2013
Time: 12:15 - 1:30 p.m..
Location: Wasserstein B010, Harvard Law School

The Program on Negotiation is pleased to present a brown-bag event:

“Negotiating exits from violent crime:
Approaches, evidence & implications”


Dr. Achim Wennmann

Researcher, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Wasserstein Hall, Room B010 (basement level)

Harvard Law School Campus

Bring your own lunch; soda and dessert will be provided

About the Event:

Mr. Wennmann will discuss approaches and strategies for dealing with actors involved in organized crime, in peacemaking and peace-building contexts.  He will also examine these strategies in light of the broader literature on organized crime and peacemaking, and the evidence underpinning the performance of specific strategies.

Broadening the meaning of the term ‘organized crime’ may help to expand the opportunities for policy making in this field; there is nothing that unusual about talking to ‘organized crime groups’ when these involve state officials, non-state armed groups, or gangs whose personal business or organizational financing is associated to illicit or illegal economies.  This presentation will also highlight the opportunities to integrate such an approach into on-going processes such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) review, the expansion of the peace-building space, transitional justice, and governance in hybrid political orders.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Achim Wennmann is an expert in economic perspectives on violent conflict, conflict resolution, and peace-building, with broad research and advisory experience including intellectual mediation support and research coordination of major projects. At the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), he is currently working on state-building in hybrid political orders, negotiated exists from shadow economies, and conflict prevention in contexts of large scale business investments. He serves on the Advisory Panel on Leadership in Complex Markets of the International Council of Swedish Industry, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Global Governance. Dr. Wennmann has previously worked at the Small Arms Survey in support of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, and consulted for the OECD’s International Network in Conflict and Fragility. Currently, Dr. Wennmann is also Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peace-building Platform (



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