The Stimson Center in the US has produced this brief as part of ongoing series examining the international challenges that will face the next US presidential administration and providing concrete recommendations for presidential action.  The brief says that existing efforts to address trafficking are disaggregated and fail to involve legitimate industry as partners in prevention.  The US President should, it says, catalogue the threat, better target government resources, and incentivise legitimate business to do more to help prevent illicit trafficking at home and abroad.  It argues that although both the Obama and Trump administrations prioritised federal efforts to meet the growing spectre of illicit trafficking, both failed to go beyond government-oriented solutions to what has become a far more complex challenge.  Beyond lip service and intermittent efforts to build “public private partnerships,” the US has fundamentally failed to alter the calculus of both legitimate and illicit actors operating in the global supply chain.  It says that government must do its part to change the current ‘low-risk high-rewards calculus’ for those operating in the illicit space, and do more to incentivise legitimate companies to partner in countering illicit trade.  It makes a number of policy recommendations –

  • Comprehensively chart the global grey market to identify common choke points;
  • Dedicate a greater share of intelligence and interagency resources to identifying and disrupting factors that enable illicit middlemen in the global supply chain; and
  • Enlist support of the legitimate supply chain companies.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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