The Chair on Countering Illicit Trade and Preventing Transnational Organized Crime at the University for Peace (UPEACE), a UNAI member institution in Costa Rica that also serves as one of the UNAI SDG Hubs, launched a call for papers on State Fragility and Organized Crime Nexus.

Contributions encouraged are those that focus on the following regional perspectives: Africa, Asia, Balkans, and Latin America; and that address the interlink between organized crime and state fragility in these regions over the role played by: i) criminal actors, their composition, networks, and how their perpetuation over different types of illicit activities impact to the machinery of the state; ii) governmental and non-governmental institutions and their respective national and regional domains in countering organized crime; and iii) how national, regional and international public policies or law enforcement initiatives contribute to academic knowledge on this issue through data collection. Contributions centered on case studies over these four regions are also the focus of this call.

Abstracts to this call for papers must be submitted in English or Spanish by 30 October 2021 to, with the following information:

  • E-mail subject: Call for Papers “State Fragility - Organized Crime Nexus”
  • Short biography of each author: no more than 150 words
  • Provisional title of the contribution
  • Abstract of the contribution: 250 - 300 words

Decisions will be communicated by end-November 2021. Proposals accepted to this special edition must be a 6.000 words final manuscript to be sent by 30 March 2022 for a double-peer review process. Contributions will be published by the University for Peace Press.

For more information and further details, contact Assistant Professor Maurício Vieira: