GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Prevention of smuggling, cyber crime and more took focus during a four-day conference in Antalya, Turkey, Dec. 7-9 featuring two experts from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
With participation from Marshall Center staff, the Turkish National Police Academy and its International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime conducted the 4th International Symposium on Terrorism and Transnational Crime. The Marshall Center’s Michael Donofrio, Marshall Center professor for counter illicit trafficking, and Army Col. Lawrence Kinde, regional program director for Black Sea and Eurasia, participated for the Marshall Center.
Attended by 410 participants from 38 nations, the symposium also featured participation by the Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies. Nineteen Turkish agencies and eight international organizations also featured in the discussions.
Kinde said the event advanced the partnership between the Marshall Center and International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime. It also laid the groundwork for future engagements in the country.
“This symposium brought together a dynamic mixture of practitioners, academics, and policymakers in a way that generated new insights and new connections in the continuing campaign against the nexus of crime and terrorism,” Kinde said.
In addition to the main topic of smuggling, Kinde said the group discussed nine other topics including cyber crime, transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and others. Kinde said the work that went into the symposium paid off.
“The TNPA and its International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime has invested a lot in high-level education, an international network, and ways to incorporate best practices from across the whole of government and multi-national partners,” he said.
Donofrio agreed. “The symposium was a shining example of the professionalism and academic expertise of the Turkish National Police. Their future partnership with Marshall Center is a mutually beneficial prospect that will increase the communication, coordination, and information exchange amongst our two entities.”
Kinde said the event also served to broaden the network of counter-terror and counter-crime professionals and “represent and advance the Marshall Center and Turkish police partnership, and lay groundwork for future engagement with Turkish police in particular and Turkey broadly.”
“If the intellectual energy and professionalism present in this conference are any indication, the effort is highly successful. We look forward to more cooperation and partnership with TNPA and UTSAM in days to come,” Kinde said.