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Hugh Griffiths

Senior Researcher

Hugh Griffiths

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Hugh Griffiths was Head of the Countering Illicit Trafficking–Mechanism Assessment Project (CIT-MAP) at SIPRI and was seconded to the United Nations Panel of Experts monitoring the UN sanctions on North Korea. 

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.

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

English, French, Swedish

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

United Kingdom
External publications
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The Globalization of  Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment (UNODC: Vienna, 2010), contributing author