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 Ms Jurgita Jakevičiūtė

Dr Erikas Kaukas

ORIENTATION | ICE BREAKING SESSION

WELCOME COCKTAIL

Venue: Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

SUNDAY, 14 JULY
10.00 – 12.30 TOUR AROUND OLD TOWN OF VILNIUS

Meeting Point: Gate of Dawn (Aušros Vartų str. 14)

12.30 – 14.00 FREE TIME
14.00 – 15.30 TEAM BUILDING in PUZZLE ROOMS

Meeting Point: tbd

MONDAY, 15 JULY
10.00 – 10.50 Mr Sergejus Muravjovas

Executive Director at Transparency International Lithuania

LECTURE | Rosy Glasses Off: The Nexus Between Transparency, Corruption and Organized Crime

 

Venue: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall, ground floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

 

11.00 – 11.50
12.00 – 14.00 LUNCH

Venue: Restaurant „La Boheme“ (Šv. Ignoto str. 4)

14.00 – 14.50 Mr Klaidas Kuchalskis

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)

 

LECTURE | EU Policy and Practical Measures to Counter Organized Crime

Venue: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall, ground floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

15.00 – 15.50 LECTURE | Organised Crime: New Challenges and Response
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
TUESDAY, 16 JULY
10.00 – 10.50 MAJ Egidijus Čiūtas

Commander of Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion

LECTURE | Criminal Ethos of Russia – The Great Western Dilemma of Fighting New Generation Warfare

Venue: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall, ground floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

11.00 – 11.50
12.00 – 14.00 LUNCH

Venue: Restaurant „La Boheme“ (Šv. Ignoto str. 4)

14.00 – 14.50 Mr Mindaugas Petrauskas

Deputy Director at Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania

LECTURE | FCIS's Activities in Money Laundering Prevention

Venue: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall, ground floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

15.00 – 15.50 LECTURE | Fintech in Lithuania
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
WEDNESDAY, 17 JULY
10.00 – 10.50 Mr Erik Leijonmarck

Secretary General of European Cities Action Network for Drug Free Societies (ECAD)

 

LECTURE | Main Geographical and Historical Overview of Drug Trafficking

Venue: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall, ground floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

11.00 – 11.50 LECTURE | The Role of Drugs for Organized Crime
12.00 – 14.00   LUNCH

Venue: Restaurant „La Boheme“ (Šv. Ignoto str. 4)

14.00 – 14.50 Mr Erik Leijonmarck

Secretary General of European Cities Action Network for Drug Free Societies (ECAD)

 

LECTURE | Trends and Key Implications of Drug Trafficking in Contemporary European Drug Market
15.00 – 15.50 LECTURE | State Response to Counter Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking
16.00 – 16.50 PRACTICAL SESSION & DISCUSSION
THURSDAY, 18 JULY
13.00 – 14.30 VISIT TO VILNIUS KGB MUSEUM

Meeting Point: tbd

FRIDAY, 19 JULY
10.00 – 10.50 Dr. Aurelijus Gutauskas

Vilnius University

LECTURE | Human Trafficking: Realities of Lithuania

Venue: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall, ground floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

11.00 – 11.50 LECTURE | Peculiarities of Organized Crime in Lithuania
12.50 – 14.00 LUNCH

Venue: Restaurant „La Boheme“ (Šv. Ignoto str. 4)

14.00 – 14.50 Mr Dailius Dargis

Author of seven criminal documentary books, journalist

LECTURE | Reality of Criminal World

Venue: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall, ground floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

15.00 – 15.50
16.30 – 17.00 AWARDING CEREMONY

Venue: Arts Printing House, Studio II, 1st floor (Šiltadaržio str. 6)

19.00 FAREWELL EVENING

Venue: Bar „KAS KAS“ (Islandijos str. 4, Vilnius)

SATURDAY, 20 JULY
DEPARTURE

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