The Militarisation of Poaching

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A Joint RUSI – Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime Roundtable

As violent criminal networks have become increasingly involved in the trafficking of wildlife, pushing iconic species to the brink of extinction, the argument for militarised responses has become increasingly vocal, both to protect the remaining key wildlife species, and to counter the poachers.  This is resulting in an arms race between poachers and rangers, with a consequential rising death toll.  This discussion will focus on the framework for the effective use of military or security based strategies to counter wildlife, within the context of other strategies being employed from criminal justice responses and community development.


  • Chair: Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Julian Rademeyer, Senior Researcher, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • John M. Sellar, Former Chief of Law Enforcement, CITES
  • Professor Rosaleen Duffy, SOAS
  • Jasper Humphrys, Marjan Centre for War and the Non-Human Sphere

This event is part of a series focused on militarised responses to criminal activity, including drugs, piracy and migration.

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