Technological innovation, privatization, industrial development, trade and financial liberalization, and transnational production networks have been vital to the global economic growth of recent decades. Regrettably, they also have created new incentives and new tools for various forms of transnational crime, outstripping the regulatory capacity of even the most well-resourced and well-intentioned governments. Every day, legitimate businesses that form the physical and financial backbones of our global economy are unwittingly co-opted as key enablers for the development, production, or movement of a broad array of contraband, from narcotics and counterfeit goods to dual-use WMD technologies. The implications are severe for states and the business community alike.
Developing better government-industry collaboration at national, regional, and international levels is essential for a modernized security strategy. To aid in this partnership, Stimson has launched a senior-level Task Force to engage industry for more effective public-private collaboration on global countertrafficking. The project, Partners in Prevention, aims to identify pragmatic, market-based solutions that enhance the security and resilience of global supply chains.
“While our global market system has brought economic prosperity to many people, it also has created new incentives and new tools for transnational crime, from WMD proliferation to trafficking in narcotics and counterfeit goods,” says Brian Finlay, senior associate at Stimson and director of Partners in Prevention.
Finlay explains that gaining durable industry support for the new initiative is a priority. “This project creates a space for industry to safely and constructively contribute its expertise and ideas. There have been many attempts by government to enlist industry support in tackling these problems–backed by varying levels of compulsory regulations–but few have successfully addressed both the security imperative of government and the profit imperative of industry. That is the only way to make collaboration sustainable.”
The project is focusing its effort on four industry sectors: dual-use technologies, radiopharmaceuticals, shipping, and insurance/finance. Through a combination of public events and internal dialogues, a Working Group for each sector, composed of industry representatives, will develop tailored proposals for information sharing and self-regulation that are consistent with government security needs.
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