Hugh Griffiths

Hugh Griffiths

Born: 1972
Citizenship: United Kindom
Position at SIPRI: Head, Countering Illicit Trafficking – Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP)
Subject expertise: Trafficking via air and sea, transport & 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 & 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 heads the Countering Illicit Trafficking–Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP) at SIPRI. From 1995 until 2008 he worked for governments, United Nations 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 US 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 & Peace Reporting (IWPR), Jane’s Intelligence Review and Jane’s Foreign Report.

Current activities
  • Head, EthicalCargo project
  • Head, Maritime trafficking and destabilizing commodity flows via sea project
  • Head, Arms trafficking via air projects
Former positions
  • Investigations consultant (2005 – 2008)
  • Investigations coordinator, Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) (2003 – 2005)
  • Director, Kosovo Field Mission, Medecins du Monde (1999 – 2001)
  • Human rights officer, Office of the High Representative (OHR), Bosnia & Herzegovina (1997 – 1998)
Recent publications
  • “The Globalization of  Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment”, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 2010, contributing author
  • “End-User Certificates: Improving Standards to Prevent Diversion”, Mark Bromley and Hugh Griffiths SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security, no.2010/3
  • “Air Transport Capacity Building in Africa: Options for Improving Security & Governance”, Hugh Griffiths, SIPRI Policy Brief, 2010
  • “Playing both sides: how air transport firms profit by shipping arms and aid”, Bates Gill and Hugh Griffiths SIPRI Update, 2009
  • “Air Transport and Destabilizing Commodity Flows”, Hugh Griffiths & Mark Bromley, SIPRI policy paper 24, 2009
  • “The Politics of Destroying Surplus Small Arms: Inconspicuous Disarmament” Karp A (ed) Routledge, 2009, (contributing author)
  • Stemming Destabilizing Arms Transfers: the Impact of European Union Air Safety Bans”, Hugh Griffiths and Mark Bromley, SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security no.2008/3
  • “Blood at the Crossroads: Making the Case for an Arms Trade Treaty”, Amnesty International, 2008. ACT 30/011/2008 (contributed research)
  • “Guns, Planes and Ships: Identification and Disruption of Clandestine Arms Transfers”, Hugh Griffiths & Adrian Wilkinson, SEESAC, United Nations Development Program, 2007
  • “Ukraine: Negotiating SALW Surplus Destruction”, Hugh Griffiths & Aaron Karp, Contemporary Security Policy, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2008
  • “Serbia: Choosing between Profit and Security” Contemporary Security Policy, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2008
  • “A call for socially responsible and conflict-sensitive mine action”, Landmine Action, Matthew Bolton & Hugh Griffiths, 2007
  • “The New Transporters of Weapons of Mass Destruction” Peace & Conflict Monitor, United Nations University for Peace, 2007
  • “Trans-national Organised Crime: Identifying and Tackling a Growing Threat” Peace & Conflict Monitor, United Nations University for Peace, 2007
  • “Dead on Time – arms transportation, brokering and the threat to human rights”, Amnesty International, (authored Chapter 8), 2006