James Cockayne is Director of the Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University and represents United Nations University at the UN in New York and in the UN’s High-Level Committee on Programmes and the Frontier Issues Reference Group. He additionally serves as Project Director for Delta 8.7 – The Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform; Head of Secretariat for the Liechtenstein Initiative for a Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. He is also developing new programming on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on international relations.
Dr Cockayne’s best-known work is Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime (Oxford University Press, 2016), described by John Ruggie as an ‘extraordinary book’ and Prof Sir Lawrence Freedman as a ‘landmark study’. Other notable publications include: Fairly Clear Risks: Protecting UN sanctions’ legitimacy and effectiveness through fair and clear procedures (2018); Crooked States: How organized crime and corruption will impact governance in 2050 and what states can – and should – do about it now (2017); What Comes After the War on Drugs? (2016, with Summer Walker); Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies? (Routledge, 2011), edited with Adam Lupel; and “Islam and international humanitarian law: from a clash to a conversation between civilizations”, Int’l Rev. Red Cross (2002).