6:00 pm18:00

Book Launch at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN

I am delighted that the United Nations University and Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations will host an invite-only launch of Hidden Power on 18 October 2016, from 6 to 8 pm. There will be remarks by Amb. Caitlin Wilson, UNU Rector David Malone, and representatives from the United Nations. Books will be on sale at a discounted price. 

For more information, please email me, tweet at me or contact me through Facebook. 

12:30 pm12:30

The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime - at IISS

From the IISS website:

The struggle for power between states and criminal entities is a real one. New research conducted by Dr James Cockayne using unpublished government documents and mafia memoirs sheds light on political-criminal collaboration, and indicates that those links – once embodied by the activities of the Sicilian mafia in twentieth-century New York – are very much alive and thriving today. From Mexico to Central Asia to Russia to West Africa, states and organised criminals compete in a ‘market for government’, and not only states, but also some criminal groups, make war.

I am greatly looking forward to this discussion, moderated by Virginia Comolli , with a response from Bianca Jinga, a Governance Adviser at the UK Department for International Development. For more details and to register click here

4:00 pm16:00

King's College London

Hidden Power is the result of doctoral work at King's College London, under Prof Mats Berdal and Prof Sir Lawrence Freedman. So it is a huge pleasure to be coming back to the Department of War Studies on Thursday 13 October to speak about the book. The event will be held from 17:30 to 19:00 in the historic Weston Room of the Maughan Library just off The Strand. For more details click here

1:00 pm13:00

On Criminal Strategy - Changing Character of War Seminar Series - Oxford University

Thanks to Dr Annette Idler, I have the honour to present a seminar 'On Criminal Strategy' as part of the Changing Character of War seminar series at Oxford University. The event will be held at the Department of Politics, in Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building. A light lunch will be served from 12.45. More details here

1:00 pm13:00

Do No Crime - Panel at the United Nations


Today, peacemakers, peacekeepers, and peacebuilders operate in highly complex and fluid strategic environments where groups with clear criminal agendas have a major impact on conflict dynamics, peace processes, and postwar transitions. There is a growing recognition of the close connections between organized crime and conflict, and of the impacts of illicit flows on sustainable development.

What do we know about these connections, and how we can ensure that UN interventions disrupt them, rather than promote them?


Ms. Teresa Whitfield, Officer-in-Charge, Policy & Mediation Division, United Nations Department of Political Affairs


Dr. James Cockayne, Head of Office at the UN, UN University, and author of Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime (OUP, 2016).

Dr. John de Boer, Senior Policy Advisor, UNU Centre for Policy Research, and co-author, with James Cockayne and Louise Bosetti, ofCrime-Proofing Conflict Prevention, Management, and Peacebuilding: A Review of Emerging Good Practice

Mr. Steven Dudley, Co-Director, InSight Crime

 Followed by a moderated Question and Answer Session. 


Aug 12

Hangout at The Rook

I will be hanging out at The Rook in Sydney between c. 4 and 8 pm on Thursday 11 August. It's at 56-58 York Street, between Market and King Streets. 

Please feel free to drop by for a drink or a bite to eat, and a chat! 

12:30 pm12:30

Book discussion at ANU

It will be my great honour to be part of a discussion on Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime with several leading academics at the Australian National University, from 12.30 to 2.00 pm on Thursday 4 August at ANU Law School. The event is kindly presented by the ANU Centre for International and Public Law, the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, and the Regulatory Institutions Network.

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Jeremy Farrall, APCD; and after I introduce the book, Professors Roderic Broadhurst (CASS) and Ramesh Thakur (Crawford School) will serve as discussants, with Ass. Prof. Anthea Roberts also making remarks. There will be lots of time for Q&A, too! 

For more details and to register please click here


1:00 pm13:00

Peace operations and organized crime - at Melbourne Law School

Long before the occupation of Iraq, the US and UK learned the hard way that military occupation could unwittingly promote the criminalization of politics. In 1943, the Allies invaded southern Italy and installed an occupation government. Unpublished government documents and mafia memoirs reveal that the Allies were well aware of the threat posed by the mafia. But within 2 years, the mafia had found its way back into the centre of political power, not only in Sicily, but in Rome. What went wrong? And what lessons can we learn for contemporary peace operations? 

These are the questions I will be discussing at a book launch kindly hosted by Prof Bruce 'Ossie' Oswald CSC at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law, at Melbourne Law School, on 3 August. For more details and to register, click here