Author: Jessica Carrillo

The Wildlife Trade in China: An Ill-Defined Problem

*This blog is part 3 of a 3 part series. Click here for Part 1—Conditioned Aid: A popular, but problematic policy option or here for Part 2—The Black Box of the Ivory Trade: Ivory Vendors* As I have mentioned in my

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The Black Box of the Ivory Trade: Ivory Vendors

*This blog is part 2 of a 3 part series. Click here for Part 1—Conditional Aid as a policy option. After one of our interviews in Beijing, my colleague Ana and I realized that while many studies have been conducted

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Conditional Aid as a Policy Option

On April 11th, my peer Ana Ramirez and I journeyed to Beijing to interview individuals on strategies for reducing international demand for illegal wildlife products. We learned many things over our three days of interviews that challenged our previous understanding

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Internal Conflict and Wildlife Trafficking: Myanmar

Increases in Chinese demand for illegal wildlife products have caused intensified wildlife trafficking around the world.  This trade has, in turn, led to government instability and increased crime in source countries. Unfortunately, many of these countries have governments unable, or unwilling,

Capacity Problems: Can the United States Handle Wildlife Trafficking on its Own Soil?

In 2011, U.S. federal agents seized 425 pieces of illegal ivory from a store in Philadelphia. The store owner, Victor Gordon, had been buying and selling illegal ivory in the United States for over 10 years. According to the U.S.

A Rhino’s Worth: How Much Would You Pay?

How much is a rhino worth to you? A hundred dollars? A thousand? Hundreds of thousands? It’s not likely a question you are asked every day. If you are like me, you initial answer was, “a little” or perhaps even,

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