The Program on the Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus is the data and analysis project dedicated to the exploration and examination of the interface of drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism in Eurasia and assessment of the Eurasian states’ vulnerabilities to these crimes. The analysis of terrorism/trafficking connections applies GIS-enabled tools and methods of spatial econometrics to map and model terrorist-criminal connections, and assess the impact of geospatial and socio-political variables on trafficking and terrorism. The assessment of national and international capabilities to respond to the threats of trafficking and terrorism involves rigorous case study analysis of nine hotspots in Eurasia and interviews with representatives of U.S. missions, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and International Organization for Migration.
The Program offers GIS-compatible data, maps, visuals, analytical models, and GIS-enabled analytical tools for examining the terrorism/trafficking nexus in Eurasia. It seeks to support research, teaching and work devoted to understanding and responding to the criminal/terrorist connections and assist with policy planning.
The Program is directed by Prof. Mariya Y. Omelicheva and is presently supported by the Minerva Initiative grant FED0074129.