COUNTERING ORGANIZED CRIME: STRATEGY, STATECRAFT, PREVENTION, AND REACTION

 

Course date: 13-20 July 2019

Organized crime represents one of the most pressing national and international security threats. It is a category of transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals who intend to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for money and profit. There is a tendency to use criminal organizations as a tool to reach military or political aims in hybrid type conflicts. The Baltic States have encountered almost all possible forms of organised criminal activities. It is certainly the consequence of being long time a part of the Soviet Union. As MAJ Egidijus Čiūtas, Lithuania Armed Forces officer and scholar of US Army Command and General Staff College class of 2017, states in his study "Criminal Ethos of Russia: The Great Western Dilemma of Fighting New Generation Warfare", after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of Putin, Russia institutionalized a criminal world and employed it as another instrument of national power. Post-Soviet organized crime became a power, able to proactively identify and seize opportunities in economic, political, and a number of other spheres.

Course content

This course seeks to present a tentative account of organized crime in the Baltic region as well as providing some recommendations on how to enhance regional cooperation in countering these threats. An Organized Crime will be analyzed from different perspectives: as illegal activity, as a legacy of Soviet system, as a political instrument. In addition, different methods to counter organized crime will be introduced. After the collapse of the Soviet Union many orgranized crime groups emerged in the Baltic States and we were able to counter them effectively. Therefore, we have unique experience and knowledge that could be useful for students and professionals who are interested in this area.

 

PROGRAMME

SATURDAY, 13 JULY
18.00 – 20.00 ORIENTATION | ICE BREAKING SESSION

WELCOME COCKTAIL

SUNDAY, 14 JULY
10.00 – 12.30 TOUR AROUND OLD TOWN OF VILNIUS
12.30 – 14.00 FREE TIME
14.00 – 15.30 TEAM BUILDING in PUZZLE ROOMS
MONDAY, 15 JULY
09.00 – 09.50 INTRODUCTION
10.00 – 10.50 LECTURE | Overview of Global and Regional Criminogenic Situation
11.00 – 11.50
12.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.50 LECTURE | Organised Crime Groups in the Post-soviet Region
15.00 – 15.50
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
TUESDAY, 16 JULY
10.00 – 10.50 LECTURE | Criminal Ethos of Russia – The Great Western Dilemma of Fighting New Generation Warfare
11.00 – 11.50
12.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.50 LECTURE | EU Policy and Practical Measures to Counter Organized Crime
15.00 – 15.50
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
WEDNESDAY, 17 JULY
10.00 – 10.50 LECTURE | Money Laundering
11.00 – 11.50
12.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.50 LECTURE | Human Trafficking
15.00 – 15.50
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
THURSDAY, 18 JULY
10.00 – 13.00 SITE VISIT & LECTURE
FRIDAY, 19 JULY
10.00 – 10.50 LECTURE | Criminogenic Situation at National Level: Case-by-Case
11.00 – 11.50
12.50 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.50 LECTURE | Organized Crime: Future Perspectives
15.00 – 15.50
16.30 – 17.00 AWARDING CEREMONY
20.00 FAREWELL EVENING
SATURDAY, 20 JULY
DEPARTURE

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