Citizenship: United Kingdom
Position at SIPRI: Head, Countering Illicit Trafficking – Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP), currently on leave of absence
Subject expertise: Trafficking via air and sea, transport and security, clandestine political economies, humanitarian aid and post conflict program management, investigative field research, training and coordination
Regional expertise: The Balkans, Eastern Europe, Africa
Education: Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil), International Political Economy, University of Amsterdam;
PhD research certificate, University of Amsterdam; post-graduate degree in international relations and law (ASIR), University of Amsterdam; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in US history, University of Sussex
Languages: English, Swedish, French
Contact: Email Phone: +46-8-6559781
Hugh Griffiths is currently on a leave of absence from SIPRI to serve on the United Nations Panel of Experts monitoring the UN sanctions on North Korea. Following his UN service, Griffiths will return to the Countering Illicit Trafficking–Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP) at SIPRI.
From 1995 until 2008 he worked for governments, UN and non-governmental organizations in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, conducting investigative field research and analysis on issues surrounding clandestine political economy, war crimes, humanitarian aid and international programme management.
He has acted as an expert on behalf of the European Commission, various European Union member state ministries as well as United States government agencies, the UN Development Programme, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Criminal Court. In addition to academic and policy-orientated publications, he has written regular reports for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Jane’s Intelligence Review and Jane’s Foreign Report.
- Investigations consultant (2005–2008)
- Investigations coordinator, Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) (2003–2005)
- Director, Kosovo Field Mission, Medecins du Monde (1999–2001)
- Human rights officer, Office of the High Representative (OHR), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997–98)
- Bromley, M., Dermody, L., Griffiths, H., Holtom, P. and Jenks, M., 'Transfers of small arms and light weapons to fragile states: strengthening oversight and control', SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security no. 2013/1
- Griffiths, H. and Jenks, M., Maritime Transport and Destabilizing Commodity Flows, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 32, 2012
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The Globalization of Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment (UNODC: Vienna, 2010), contributing author
- Bromley, M. and Griffiths, H., 'End-user certificates: improving standards to prevent diversion', SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security no. 2010/3
- Griffiths, H., 'Building air traffic capacity in Africa: options for improving security and governance', SIPRI Policy Brief, Oct. 2009
- Griffiths, H. and Bromley, M., Air Transport and Destabilizing Commodity Flows, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 24, 2009