Articles and Assessments

“States and Smugglers: The Ties that Bind and How they Fray,” in Transnational Organized Crime and Political Actors in the Maghreb and Sahel, Mediterranean Dialogue Series no. 17, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (January 2019). Available here.

"The Insurgency in Tunisia's Western Borderlands," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (June 2018). Available here.

“Middle East Drugs Bazaar: Production, Prevention, and Consumption By Philip Robins,” Bustan: The Middle East Book Review (Vol. 8, No. 2, 2017). Available here.

"At the Edge: Trends and Routes of North African Clandestine Migrants," Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and Institute for Security Studies (November 2016). Available here.

“An Assessment of Mali’s Border Security Capacity and Capabilities,” Strategic Capacity Group. Co-authored with Dr. Querine Hanlon (April 2016).

“Border Security Challenges in the Grand Maghreb,” Peaceworks Report, U.S. Institute of Peace. Co-Authored with Querine Hanlon (May 2015).

“Partisans, Profiteers, and Criminals: Syria's Illicit Economy,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 38:1 (Winter 2014). Available here.

"Barriers to Polio Eradication in Somalia: A Field Assessment," STATT Consulting (January 2014).

“Mobile Finance and Citizen Security in East Africa,” STATT Consulting (July 2012). Available here.

“Is Grandma Ready for This? – Mexico’s Move to Electronic G2P Payments,” Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion Monograph, Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion. Co-Authored with Ashirul Amin and Ahmed Dermish (April 2011). Available here.

“Savings and Chance in Haiti,” The MasterCard Foundation & Center For Emerging Market Enterprises. Co-Authored with Kim Wilson, Toru Mino, Josh Haynes, Christine Martin, and Mariah Levin (Spring 2010).

“Corrupted Militaries: Criminality, Conflict, and Coercion,” New Routes Journal, Life and Peace Institute (Summer 2009). Available here.


Selected Commentary

“Algeria’s protests and migration: the fearmongers have it wrong,” ISS Today, Institute for Security Studies. Co-authored with Sofian Philip Naceur (March 2019).

“The Maghreb’s Changing Politics of Migration,” ISS Today, Institute for Security Studies (February 2019).

“The Butcher’s Bill: Cocaine Trafficking in North Africa,” The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (September 2018).

"Tunisia isn’t a migrant transit country – yet," ISS Today, Institute for Security Studies. Co-authored with Max Gallien (August 2018).

"The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa," Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Co-authored with Max Gallien (August 2018).

"Better policing can help combat human trafficking," ISS Today, Institute for Security Studies (August 2018).

“Out of the Streets and Into the Boats: Tunisia’s Irregular Migration Surge,” MENASource, The Atlantic Council. Co-authored with Max Gallien (November 2017).

"Italy claims it’s found a solution to Europe’s migrant problem. Here’s why Italy’s wrong," The Monkey Cage, Washington Post. Co-authored with Jalel Harchaoui (September 2017).

“How does your garden grow? The Tuxtla Gutiérrez Cocaine Experiment,” Analyzing Organized Crime, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (September 2014).

“Petrol Smuggling: Oiling the Wheels of Organized Crime,” Analyzing Organized Crime, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (August 2014).

“Organized Crime Looks East,” Analyzing Organized Crime, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (January 2014).

“Somalia’s Innovating Pirates,” Reinventing Peace, World Peace Foundation. Co-authored with David Knoll (November 2013).

“A Review of ‘Africa and the War on Drugs’,” Reinventing Peace, World Peace Foundation (April 2013).

“The Somali Piracy Model: Coming to a Sea Near You,” World Politics Review. Co-authored with Jamie De Coster (February 2012).

“How M-Banking Can Reduce Laundering,” Africa Business Daily (May 2009).

Morocco-Algeria border. Saïdia, Morocco.

Morocco-Algeria border. Saïdia, Morocco.

Landless activists. Espirito Santo, Brazil.

Landless activists. Espirito Santo, Brazil.

Gamblers. Gonaïves, Haiti.

Gamblers. Gonaïves, Haiti.

DWI in New Mexico. U.S.A.

DWI in New Mexico. U.S.A.

RN 1, outside of Didiéni. Mali.

RN 1, outside of Didiéni. Mali.