June 3, 2020 - Virtual – NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium

Recommendations for NATO on Countering Human Trafficking in the Balkans 

Stanford University’s Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy

A team of students from Stanford University’s Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy will carry out a project with NATO on solutions for countering human trafficking in the Balkans under the direction of political scientists Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and Dr. Jeremy Weinstein, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at FSI.


Human Trafficking is a serious impediment to peace and security globally and the Balkans has been identified as an area of transit and destination. Students will address the root causes that underlie human trafficking and how NATO can support actions to counter human trafficking in the region, with a particular focus on women and girls.

NATO’s approach to countering human trafficking has been guided by its formal policy endorsed by Allies in 2004. Given developments over the last 15 years, there is an opportunity to enhance NATO’s effectiveness in this area, including through consideration of emerging challenges and the multifaceted realities that come with the issue. As NATO begins to lay the groundwork for an update to its policy,  it is working to collect innovative ideas and recommendations directly from the field.


Deliverables and Impact

Students will provide recommendations related to the issue of human trafficking tailored for NATO’s needs. To do so, students will develop a “Countering Human Trafficking in the Balkans Strategy”, which will include milestones, measurable key performance indicators (KPIs), recommendations and political statements for the Heads of States and Government and resources for NATO’s further work on the issue. The Strategy will also address ways NATO can cooperate with the UN and other international organizations on the issue and will build on their existing documents and practices, while considering NATO’s specific defense perspectives and needs.


Students will present their research results virtually at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


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