"Global Black Spots - Mapping Global Insecurity" is the title of a BCC FORUM presentation by Dr.Bartosz Hieronim Stanislawski, on Thursday, November 4, 2010 in Room 111 in the Koussevitzky Arts Center at 12:15 p.m. His program will be repeated in Hawthorne 207 at 7:30 p.m. The FORUM programs are free and open to the public.
No area around the world is ungoverned; it may not be controlled by a recognized government, but it certainly is governed by a social structure of some sort (it could, for instance, be an organized crime group, a warlord, or a terrorist organization). Interchangeable use of terms such as "weak states", "failed states", "failing states", "ungoverned territories" or others like that is misleading and imprecise and, importantly, may lead to flawed assumptions on the part of decision- and policy-makers.
In the course of the Global Black Spots-Mapping Global Insecurity (GBS-MGI) Program, maps of the world are redrawn, attempting to look through the eyes of criminals/terrorists, based on their perceptions of areas of operations, turfs, or Black Spots. The reason is that law-abiding citizens see the political maps of the world in a very different way than criminals and terrorists do. Law-abiding citizens recognize international frontiers and, mostly, respect them. Global criminals and terrorists see international frontiers as lines of opportunity having significant legal or price differentials. They see them as the boundaries of law enforcement and intelligence agencies' zones of influence, as aerial markers of safe havens. Global criminals and terrorists use international frontiers to run and hide behind out of the reach of justice, to regroup, and to conduct their operations further.
The mission of the GBS-MGI Program is to gather data on and conduct analysis of areas that are perceived to be critical nodes in underworld webs. By looking at them and tracking insecurity flows that run through them, it is possible to better understand the global underworld, its interactions, actors, and - most importantly - insecurity that may be generated and exported to other locations. As such, the GBS-MGI Program is evolving towards supporting early warning systems.
Dr. Stanislawski, a graduate of BCC's Peace and World Order Studies Concentration, is a Research Fellow and the Director of the Global Black Spots-Mapping Global Insecurity Research Program, which is a joint endeavor of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Dr. Stanislawski focuses on threats from non-state actors; the overlapping of law enforcement and military security matters; transatlantic security cooperation; and evolution of European defense capabilities. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science as well as the Certificate of Advanced Studies of Latin America from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. His work is greatly facilitated by the fact that he is fluent in Polish, German, Russian, Spanish and English.