Book Launch - Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime
Speaker: Dr. James Cockayne, Author and Head of Office at the United Nations University (UNU)
Chair: Professor Mats Berdal, Director of CSDRG.
Please note - registration is required and names will be checked at the door.
Copies of the book will be on sale by the publisher at a special discounted rate.
Are criminal groups strategic actors? Do they make war? In his new book, described by Sir Lawrence Freedman as a ‘landmark study’ and by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Prof. John Ruggie as an ‘analytical tour de force’, Dr James Cockayne sets out to answer these questions. Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime reveals criminal mafias determining political outcomes to suit their own agendas, and explores how they do it – by influencing elections, changing constitutions, fomenting terrorism, waging war, negotiating peace deals and working behind the scenes in pivotal historical moments such as the Allied invasion and occupation of Italy, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Drawing on unpublished government documents and mafia memoirs, Cockayne reveals a century of forgotten political-criminal collaboration in New York, Sicily and the Caribbean and explains how such links persist globally, from the drug wars in Mexico, to smuggling routes in West Africa, to political instability in Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia. Forcing us to rethink our distinctions between politics, conflict and crime, Hidden Power reveals a world in which states and mafias compete — and collaborate — for power.
About the author
Dr. James Cockayne is a strategist, international lawyer and author. He is currently the Head of Office at the United Nations for United Nations University (UNU), a global thinktank created by the UN General Assembly. Dr Cockayne was previously a Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute, Co-Director of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, and Principal Legal Officer in the Transnational Crime and Extradition Units of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department in Canberra. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. You can find out more at www.jamescockayne.com