About the Speech:
The nexus between crime and terrorism challenges traditional understandings of national security, which have previously drawn sharp distinctions between the two phenomena. Prof Dr Peter Neumann and Rajan Basra launched a new report that is part of a Europe-wide project, the first of its kind to systematically explore the new links between organised crime, illicit trade and terrorism in Europe. They discussed the barriers that currently separate counter-terrorism from countering organised crime and provide an overall assessment of the threat and recommendations for action.
About the Speaker:
Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and has directed the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation since its foundation in early 2008. He also currently serves as the OSCE Chairman’s Special Representative on Countering Violent Radicalisation and recently published a report on his findings.
Rajan Basra is Head of Research on Terrorism for Panta Rhei Research Ltd. and has specialised in counter-terrorist financing and links between terror and crime among European jihadists. Working closely with Prof Neumann, he has become one of Europe‘s leading experts on the crime-terror nexus and the use of criminal activities, such as illicit trade, to fund terrorism.