Combating Criminalized Power Structures:

Predominant Spoilers of Peace Missions



9:00-9:05       Welcoming remarks

Professor Desmond Arias, Director, George Mason University Peace Operations Policy Program


9:05-12:15 Morning Plenary: The threat from criminalized power structures

Plenary Chair: James Cockayne, UN University


9:05-9:50       Criminalized Power Structures as the Leading Spoilers of Peace Processes

Michael Dziedzic, Editor, Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structures


9:50-10:30     Bosnia

Oscar Vera, former Special Advisor to SACEUR for Bosnia


10:30-10:45  Coffee break


10:45-11:30   Haiti

David Beer, Former MINUSTAH Police Commissioner


11:30-11:45   Guatemala

Alfonso Carrillo, Advanced Leadership Program, Harvard


11:45-12:15   Developing a strategy for spoiler management

Stephen Stedman, Stanford University (Via VTC)




Lunch: 12:15-1:30




1:30-3:15 Afternoon: Breakout sessions (Third floor classrooms)


·      Sharpen Pre-Mission Assessments to Identify Whether Criminalized Power Structures Are a Threat (Rm 311)

Discussion Leaders: Len Hawley, former NSC Director for Multilateral Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for and Oscar Vera, former Special Advisor to SACEUR for Bosnia


·      Use Hybrid Special Courts for Crimes against the Mandate (Rm 313)

Discussion Leaders: Betsy Andersen, ABA Rule of Law Initiative and Michael Hartmann, Chief, UNAMA Rule of Law Unit


·      Integrate Criminal Intelligence-Led Policing into the Response (Rm 317)

Discussion Leader: Dave Beer, Former MINUSTAH Police Commissioner


·      Make Accountability a Priority Equal to Capacity Building (Rm 318)

Discussion Leader: Julie Werbel, Security Sector Reform Advisor, US Agency for International Development


·      Sever the Flow of Illicit Revenue to Criminalized Power Structures (Rm 320)

Discussion Leader: Kristi Clough, Global Financial Integrity


·      Create a Surge Capacity for and Add Specialized Capabilities to Formed Police Units (Rm 322)

Discussion Leader: Giorgio Giaimo, Department of Peacekeeping Operations Standing Police Capacity Public Order Adviser




3:30-5:00 Afternoon Plenary: Reports from breakout sessions

Chair: William Durch, Stimson Center (Rm113)


3:30-4:45 Reports from breakout session chairs

4:45-5:00 Closing remarks by Ameerah Haq, Vice Chair, UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations