Antonio Sampaio

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Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

United Kingdom
Research Profile

Antônio is a Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, based in London. He analyses urban armed violence, non-state armed groups and their impact on governance and security. His work also focuses on conflict economies, particularly the roles of urban illicit economies for rebels and militias. His work focuses on Brazil, Somalia and Afghanistan.

He was previously a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and a journalist for Globo TV in Rio de Janeiro.

Eastern Africa, South America, Afghanistan, Brazil, Pakistan, Somalia
English, Spanish, Portuguese

Antônio Sampaio, ‘The role of power for non-state armed groups in cities: marginalised spaces and transitions from armed conflict’, Third World Thematics, 4 (2-3), 2019.

Antônio Sampaio, 'Urban Resources and Their Linkage to Political Agendas for Armed Groups in Cities', Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 2(2), 2021.

Ashley Jackson and Antônio Sampaio, 'Afghan cities become key battlegrounds', War on the Rocks, 09 April 2021.

Antônio Sampaio, 'The New Frontlines Are in the Slums', Foreign Policy, 3 July 2018.

Antonio Sampaio, 'Rapid Urbanization Is a Risk to Global Security', CityLab, 23 July 2018.

Antonio Sampaio, 'There's No Quick Fix for Rio's Violence', Americas Quarterly, 19 February 2018.

Antonio Sampaio, ‘Before and after Urban Warfare: Conflict Prevention and Transitions in Cities’, International Review of the Red Cross 98 (1), 2016, pp. 71–95.

Antonio Sampaio, ‘Aggressive Takeover: Shifts in Brazil Underworld Augur Rising Violence’, Jane’s Intelligence Review, March 2017, pp. 44-49.

Antonio Sampaio, ‘The utility of Force in Cities: Future Challenges of US Army Urban Stabilization Efforts’, in Scott N. Romaniuk and Francis Grice (eds.), The Future of US Warfare (London: Routledge, 2017).

Antonio Sampaio, ‘Concrete Crimes: Cities Adopt Local Initiatives to Tackle Criminality’, Jane’s Intelligence Review, June 2016, pp. 38-43.