Building Sustainable Security Against Poaching & Wildlife Crime

Poaching event header

An event hosted by The Stimson Center and The British
Embassy, Washington, DC

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Carter Ham


Featuring Gen.
Carter Ham

Former Commander of U.S.
Africa Command


View and download a PDF of the event announcement



9:00-9:15am Check-in and Light Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30am  Welcoming Remarks

Ellen Laipson, President and CEO, Stimson Center

Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States

9:30-10:00am Keynote Remarks

Gen. Carter Ham (ret.), former head of AFRICOM

10:00-11:30am Panel Discussion

Ruairi O’Connell, Head of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Department, Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom

Valerie Hickey, Biodiversity Specialist, Agriculture and Environment Services
Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

Monica Medina, former Special Assistant to Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and
Chuck Hagel

Varun Vira, Research Analyst, C4ADS

Johan Bergenas, Deputy Director, Managing Across Boundaries, Stimson Center

Moderated by Brian Finlay, Managing Director, Stimson Center


For decades, wildlife poaching and trafficking, particularly in elephant tusks and rhino horns, have presented serious conservation and biodiversity challenges. Today, in addition to being a development and economic issue, poaching and wildlife crime is increasingly associated with transnational criminal enterprises and financing of terrorist organizations. As a result, the issues are receiving unprecedented political and policy attention and governments, multilateral organizations and the NGO community are looking for innovative and balanced solutions across the conservation, development and security continuum. Novel partnerships within and between governments, as well as private sector innovation are also being pursued to counter poaching and wildlife crime.
In this light, on February 12 and 13, 2014, the UK Government will host a high-level summit focused on all aspects of the illegal wildlife trade from enforcement (poaching & trafficking) to demand, to development impacts. To help set the scene for that gathering, on January 10, 2014, the British Embassy in Washington, DC, in partnership with the Stimson Center, will host an event featuring major themes of the forthcoming London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. Participants will also showcase ongoing innovative initiatives at the national, multilateral, NGO and private sector levels that bridge the conservation, development and security divide.


British Embassy - Stimson

For more information, contact Rich Robinson at [email protected] or 202-478-3419

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