Johan Bergenas is the deputy director of the Managing Across Boundaries initiative, where he directs analysis and field projects focused on the nexus between security and development, environmental crime, smart technology capacity building, and public-private sector partnerships.
Over the last few years, Bergenas has written extensively on transnational security challenges, illicit networks and their impact on economic development in vulnerable societies, primarily in emerging economic regions. He also incubated and manages Stimson’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action – Project Ngulia – that brings together a dozen public and private sector technology actors and builds a new gold standard for natural resource protection through tech and innovation.
Bergenas currently focuses much of his efforts on the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals, environmental crime as a geostrategic challenge and partnerships with the technology sector. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.
Prior to joining Stimson, Bergenas worked for the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Oxfam America. He has also been a reporter and a freelance journalist for numerous publications, covering a wide range of international and U.S. domestic issues. He holds an honors M.A. degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an honors B.A. degree from the University of Iowa.
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Select Publications and Presentations
- Green Terror: Environmental Crime and Illicit Financing (SAIS Review of International Affairs, Volume 35, Number 1, Winter-Spring 2015)
- Fishing for War: How to Avoid a War with China Over Seafood – and Take a Bite in World Poverty (Politico, April 20, 2015)
- Five Myths About Illegal Wildlife Trafficking (Washington Post, April 17, 2015)
- Sustainable Partnership: Security and the Post-2015 Development Goals (World Politics Review, March 17, 2015)
- Smart Security Through Technology and Innovation (Stimson Spotlight, March 3, 2015)
- Innovative Steps For Combating Environmental Crime (Stimson Spotlight, February 19, 2015)
- Fishing Wars: China's Aggression Could Stoke Future Conflict (World Politics Review, February 19, 2015)
- How Illegal Fishing Threatens Development and Security (World Politics Review, January 30, 2015)
- Development’s New Best Friend: the Global Security Complex (ISN ETH Zurich, December 12, 2014)
- The Next Generation WMD Nonproliferation Agenda (ISN ETH Zurich, July 25, 2014)
- Make Money, End Poverty (Foreign Policy, June 6, 2014)
- Putting Environmental Crimes on the Defense and Security Agenda (World Politics Review, May 8, 2014)
- Break the Link Between Terrorism Funding and Poaching (The Washington Post, January 31, 2014)
- Killing Animals, Buying Arms (Stimson Center Report, January 2014)
- Public-Private Mapping Database Needed to Shed Light on Globalization's Dark Side (World Politics Review, November 12, 2013)
- The Other Side of Drones: Saving Wildlife in Africa and Managing Global Crime (Conflict Trends, October 2013)
- Killing Lions, Buying Bombs (The New York Times, August 9, 2013)
- Unarmed Drones Can Strengthen US And African Security (International Business Times, July 16, 2013)
- Public-Private Partnerships Essential to Combat Poaching (World Politics Review, May 1, 2013)
- Defense Cuts Send Contractors on Hunt for Foreign Buyers (Investor's Business Daily, April 29, 2013)
- Combatting the Undercurrents of Globalization in the Developing World: The Next Frontier for the High Technology Industry (Occassional Swedish Institute of International Affairs Papers, March 2013).
- Courting the Global South with "Dual-Benefit" Nonproliferation Engagement (The Nonproliferation Review, February 26, 2013)
- Crime-Terror Nexus Requires Integrated Security Approaches (World Politics Review, February 25, 2013)
- Hybrid Framework For a Hybrid World (Uppsala University panel titled "A Wider Security Agenda," December 5, 2012)
- Global and Regional Security/Development Challenges and the Role of Innovative Partnerships (Dynamixx and IHS sponsored industry conference titled "E3DS12" on energy, environment, economics, defence, and security, November 13, 2012)
- Towards a More Effective Implementation of the EU Security Strategy: What Methods and Strategies to Ensure Impact (European Union Parliament Policy Hub, October 5, 2012)
- Defense, Security, and Development in a Hybrid World (World Politics Review, September 11, 2012)
- More National Security Work Ahead (Politico, August 8, 2012)
- To Counter Nuclear Smuggling, Target All Smuggling (World Politics Review, May 1, 2012)
- Development and Arms Export: Tech, Security Firms Can Help in ‘Global South’ (DefenseNews, April 22, 2012)
- Data vs. Borders: Information-Sharing in Transnational Security (World Politics Review, February 21, 2012)
- Fighting Budget Deficits by Leveraging the Private Sector (World Politics Review, November 2011)
- Bridging the Divide: Security and Development Capacity-Building in Southeast Asia (CISTEC, July 2011)
- Memo to Congress: the UN Works (The Hill, April 2011)
- Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa: Bridging the Security/Development Divide With International Security Assistance (with Brian Finlay, Stimson Center Report, March 2011)
- A Piece of the Global Puzzle: The Role of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the League of Arab States in Implementing Resolution 1540 (Stimson Center Report, December 2010)
- The European Union’s Evolving Engagement with Iran: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (The Nonproliferation Review, November 2010)
- The Nuclear Domino Myth (Foreign Affairs snapshot article, September 2010)
- Give Obama a Break (Foreign Policy, December 2009).
- The Role of African Regional and Subregional Organizations in Implementing Resolution 1540 (chapter in Implementing Resolution 1540: the Role of Regional Organizations, L. Scheinman, ed., September 2008).