Former British Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon William Hague, will chair the launch of a joint publication by the Marjan Centre with the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) called ‘Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities’ which scrutinises common narratives on poaching and wildlife trafficking as threats to security.
The in-depth investigation, one of RUSI’s long-established ‘Whitehall Paper’ series, gives the most detailed picture yet of the range of security threats posed by poaching and wildlife trafficking by critically analysing four core narratives: poaching and wildlife trafficking as threats to human security, as drivers of conflict, as funders of terrorism, and as a focus for organised crime.
In doing so, the report seeks to sort myth from reality, in an effort to clarify how poaching and wildlife trafficking, as much-cited threats to security, can most accurately be conceived.
Until now, a series of powerful narratives have dominated, often in the absence of detailed empirical research and analysis to back them up.
An in-depth study of these narratives is crucial to the efforts of those now rightly looking to respond not just to threat to endangered species, but also to the security and well-being of human beings.
At the launch the editors – Professor M L R Smith, Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and Cathy Haenlein, Research Fellow at RUSI – will discuss the evolution of the project and some of the main findings. A selection of chapter authors will then discuss their research, including vivid reports back from counter-poaching operations in Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
To attend this event, please contact Lieke Bos on LiekeB@rusi.org. Copies of the ‘Whitehall Paper’ will be available to purchase at the event.
Date: Thursday, 12 January, 2017
Time: 10:00 am