Alexander specialises in strategic, institutional and policy responses to the nexus between transnational organised crime, governance and corruption, in particular in post-conflict settings. He is currently completing his doctorate at Trinity College Dublin, which explores these themes within the context of post-war Mozambique. Alexander has over 15 years’ professional experience in international criminal justice cooperation and diplomacy (both track 1 and 2) covering various overseas environments, including the Middle East, West Africa, the Balkans and South America, as well as having previously consulted for the UN. In addition to building strong partnerships in diverse operational and cultural environments, he has thematic expertise in cybercrime, drug trafficking and law enforcement corruption, with a long-standing interest in the role of faith communities in peacebuilding and security. Alexander holds an MPhil with Distinction in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a BA in Law and Politics from Durham University. At TCD, he was a Graduate Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He is an Associate of Transparency International Ireland, where he advises on EU and Irish anti-corruption and integrity frameworks, and is also a practising mediator accredited by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.
Recent papers and lectures
- ‘Globalisation and Crime’. Guest lecture at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, 10th December 2019.
- ‘Foreign justice? Assessing the rule of law component of liberal peacebuilding in post-war Mozambique, and its implications for transnational organised crime’. Paper presented at the conference Transitional Justice and Borders, hosted by the UK-Ireland Transitional Justice Network at Trinity College Dublin, 8th July 2019.
- ‘The Challenges of Peacebuilding: The Case of Mozambique’. Guest lecture at the School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin, 5th November 2018.
- ‘Cyber Security and Data in Conflict Settings’. Presentation with Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne at the workshop ICT and Development Research: New Opportunities and Research Methods, hosted by the Development Studies Association of Ireland at Trinity College Dublin, 27th June 2018.
- ‘Illicit Economy, Organised Crime or Neglected Pandemic? Understanding the global trade in counterfeit medicines, and implications for a human security centered response’. Paper presented at the colloquium Addressing the Development Implications of Illicit Economies: A Cross-Sectoral and Cross-Disciplinary Exchange, hosted by Christian Aid and the University of Glasgow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, 20th April 2018.
- ‘Understanding falsified medicines within the context of wider transnational organised crime, and implications for the policy response’. Presentation at the conference Medicines that Lie: A Deadly Public Health Crisis, hosted by the Brazzaville Foundation, Harvard Global Health Institute and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at the Wellcome Trust, London, 28th March 2018.
Public engagement and outreach
- ‘Winning the Peace, Losing the State? Exploring the connections between organised crime, elite corruption and western peacebuilding in post-war environments’. Online and static poster for Inspiring Generations 2019, hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub Institute for the Arts and Humanities, November 2019.
- ‘Dialogue, Peace and Reconciliation: Learning to disagree well’. Guest lecture to graduates at the Irish School of Ecumenics Annual Commencements Event, Trinity College Dublin, 16th April 2019.
- ‘A Criminalised Peace? The impact of organised crime and corruption on peacebuilding in Kosovo’. Module on SDG 16 for Trinity College Dublin’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Achieving Sustainable Development, hosted by FutureLearn, 2017-20.