Militias, Coercive Brokers and Public Authority

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This seminar explores the entanglements between para state armed groups (PAGs) illicit economies, organised crimes and formal politics.


This is the fourth seminar in the series on Illicit Economies, Violence and Development, run in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Illicit Economies, Violence and Development (CIVAD) at SOAS.

This online event will challenge dominant narratives on PAGs, which see as them a temporary response to governance deficits, or as automatically apolitical and criminal actors. It will discuss the role of PAGs as an embedded feature of many frontier regions, in which they act as ‘coercive brokers’ who mediate between different actors, scales and jurisdictions.

Chair: Jenny Pearce, LSE

Panelists: Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, National University of Colombia, and Antonio Giustozzi, RUSI



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