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21 September 2023
18:00-19:00 CET | 12:00-13:00 EST

Countering Human Trafficking and Transnational Crimes in North Africa

This hybrid event will look at the structural drivers of migration and the challenges of transnational criminal networks in North Africa.
North African migrant refugees on a ship in the port of Taranto, Puglia, Italy, 2015

This roundtable discussion is jointly organized with the North Africa Initiative of the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). It is designed to dissect the dynamics of migration and transnational criminal organizations in North Africa and shed light on the challenges faced by the citizens in the region.

The discussion will pay special attention to the structural factors driving migration, the impact of transnational criminal networks on security in North Africa, and the nexus of migration, transnational crime, and human security, in an effort to reassess existing policy responses and strategies. The panelists will also examine the role of state paralysis and the impact of worsening global economic conditions and structural deficiencies fuelling transnational criminal networks.


  • Othman Belbeisi, Regional Director for MENA, International Organization for Migration
  • Alissa Pavia, Associate Director, Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs, Atlantic Council


  • Hafed Al-Ghwell, Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the North Africa Initiative, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI)
  • Andrea Cellino, Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Middle East Institute Switzerland (MEIS)

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