Ports, Crime & Security: Book Launch with Max Daly, Global Drugs Editor, VICE

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RUSI, Firm UK and the University of Essex invite you to the book launch of Ports, Crime and Security: Governing and Policing Seaports in a Changing World by Anna Sergi, Alexandria Reid, Luca Storti and Marleen Easton.

Ports, Crime and Security presents a unique outlook on the social, economic and political factors that shape organised crime in global seaports. Ports are where contemporary societal dilemmas converge: the (de)regulation of international flows; the (in)visible impact of globalisation; the perennial tension between trade and security; and the thin line between legitimate, illicit and illegal. Co-authored by RUSI Research Fellow Alexandria Reid, and drawing on five years of fieldwork and research, this new volume bridges the divide between global and local, and between theory and practice.

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Professor Anna Sergi is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Essex, where she specialises in mafia studies, cross-border policing of organised crime, and more recently, seaport security.

Alexandria Reid is a Research Fellow in the Organised Crime and Policing research group at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where she specialises in environmental crime and illicit financial flows.

Professor Luca Storti is an Associate Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Torino and Research Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies in the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

Professor Marleen Easton is chair of the research group ‘Governing and Policing Security’ at the Department of Public Governance and Management at Ghent University. She is Associate Professor at the Criminology Institute of Griffith University in Australia.

Chair: Max Daly is Vice's Global Drugs Editor and specialises in reporting on drugs and crime. He won the Orwell Prize in 2019 for his work on young drug dealers and co-authored Narcomania: How Britain Got Hooked on Drugs.

How to attend

The launch event will be held online via Zoom and in-person at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE.

The evening will begin at 18:00 GMT with a one-hour panel discussion with the authors, chaired by Max Daly, Global Drugs Editor at VICE. This will be followed by a reception and an exhibition of images taken by Anna Sergi during the research for the volume.

You may arrive any time from 17:30 onwards to secure your seat.

Please reply by 23rd November to Conor O’Shea (ConorO@rusi.org) to secure your in person place. Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing inside the venue, so we encourage you to secure a seat as soon as possible.

Find out more about the book.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Živilė Kulevičiūtė, Events Manager, at zivilek@rusi.org.

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