NEW WORKING PAPER: SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS APPLIED TO ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE BETWEEN EAST AFRICA AND SE ASIA

On 9 March, the Basel Institute on Governance reported that a new Working Paper presents the findings of a novel application of social network analysis (SNA) to study a criminal network surrounding an East Africa-based wildlife trafficker.  It is said to shed new light on the dark networks of wildlife traffickers that operate mainly between East Africa and SE Asia but have tentacles reaching around the world.  The Working Paper explores several of these features of the criminal network in the case study, including the size and shape of the network and the concentration of power around the main trafficker and his close relatives and co-offenders.  The analysis can support the efforts of investigators and prosecutors to discover new leads and suspects, or to better understand the meaning of financial and information flows.  It is also said that the results also demonstrate that by combining SNA (a primarily quantitative method) with network ethnography (a qualitative method), one can gain important new insights into the structures, functions and mechanisms of criminal networks engaged in illegal wildlife trade and other forms of trafficking. 

https://baselgovernance.org/publications/SNA_IWT

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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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