Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.
As millions of men, women, and children seek passage to Europe in order to escape violent conflicts, repressive governments, and a lack of economic opportunity, their movements are enabled and actively encouraged by networks of smugglers and traffickers that amass billions of dollars by facilitating their transport. Many smugglers carry out their activities with little regard for human life. Others are revered by their clients, considered saviors who deliver them to safety and the chance for a better life. Peter Tinti, co-author of Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior, will discuss the people who comprise these networks, and why efforts to combat them often do more harm than good.
Peter Tinti is an independent journalist focusing on conflict, security, human rights, and organized crime.He is the author, with Tuesday Reitano, of Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior. Among other outlets, Tinti’s writing and photography has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Vice, Politico, World Politics Review, Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Independent, and The Telegraph. He has also worked as a consulting producer for VICE on HBO. In 2013, Action On Armed Violence included Tinti in its list “Top 100: The most influential journalists covering armed violence.”
The Program in International Relations is a co-sponsor of the Conflict, Security & Development series at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service along with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU's School for Professional Studies, NYU's College of Global Public Health, and NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs.