Emmanuel Reinert is the Executive Director of The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS), formerly known as The Senlis Council, an international security and development think tank founded in 2002 with offices in Kabul, London, Ottawa, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels and Paris, and field offices in the Afghan cities of Lashkar Gah and Kandahar City. Along with the President of the Italian Red Cross, Dr Massimo Barra, Mr Reinert is also the Co-Chair of the Rome Consensus for a Humanitarian Drug Policy.
Mr Reinert recently appeared on France 24’s A La Uneto discuss France’s position in the War on Terror following the deaths of 10 French soldiers in [Afghanistan]. He then appeared on France 24’s Top Story to warn of the Taliban’s widespread control, both psychological and geographical, in Afghanistan . He also joined Karim Pakad from IRIS on France 24’s Face a Face to debate what is perceived as a global denial of the Taliban’s strength (Click here for part 1; Click here for part 2).
Mr Reinert has also appeared on BBC Radio Four’s The World Tonight to comment on the French military deaths, and has spoken to the BBC World Service’s The World Today about the need for a strategy change due to the Taliban's growing presence in and around Kabul.
In August he featured on Radio France’s France Infos to discuss the Taliban’s most recent tactics being used against international and Afghan forces, specifying their increased strength and military savvy.
In July 2007 he was interviewed on CNN to talk about the current climate in Afghanistan, foreseeing a 'spring of carnage' in Afghanistan. Later on in the year, he went back to CNN to discuss the Taliban’s unexpected move north. On Sky News he reinforced the need for increased aid to Afghanistan, with poverty proving to be a clear indicator of Taliban support. In late 2006 he proposed the Poppy for Medicine initiative to CNN, describing current counter-narcotics policy as detrimental to military efforts, reconstruction efforts and the country’s security situation as a whole.
The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) provides innovative analysis and recommendations on the connections between foreign policy, security, development and counter-narcotics policies. It convenes politicians, high profile academics, independent experts and NGOs in order to accomplish its mission. It aims to work as the dialogue partner with senior policy-makers at the national and international levels in order to foster high-level exchanges and new ideas on bridging security, development and counter-narcotics policies.
In his role as Executive Director, Mr Reinert has led international campaigns focusing on counter-narcotics and security issues and provided innovative analysis on these topics for the past five years. Within his work for ICOS, Mr Reinert has been pivotal in establishing its European network, developing the Council’s Poppy for Medicine initiative which was officially endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007, and setting up its work in Brazil on public security. Mr Reinert holds a Diploma in Political Science and MA in International Private Law and European Union Law. Mr Reinert’s expertise on counter-narcotics and security issues has put him in a position to give several keynote addresses to prestigious international security conferences at such venues as the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He has also conducted interviews with major international media such as BBC, CNN, France 24 and Al Jazeera.
He has served as Executive Director of The Global Media Centre since its launch in late 2008.