Introduction – transnational organised crime and terrorism: different peas, same pod?

Helena Carrapiço, Daniela Irrera, Bill Tupman

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The nexus between terrorism and organised crime consists in a strategic alliance between two non-state actors, able to exploit illegal markets, threaten the security of individuals, and influence policy-making on a global level. Recent Europol reports have pointed towards the importance of studying the links between organised crime and terrorist groups, and have underlined that the nature and extent of these connections have seldom been addressed from an academic perspective. Considering the degree of dangerousness that both organised crime and terrorism currently represent in the world, the collusion between these two phenomena is of urgent contemporary interest. Basing itself on geographical case-studies, this edited volume aims at contributing to the existing literature in three ways: by enriching the empirical knowledge on the nature of the crime-terror nexus and its evolution; by exploring the impact of the nexus within different economic, political and societal contexts; and by expanding on its theoretical conceptualization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCriminals and Terrorists in Partnership
Subtitle of host publicationUnholy Alliance
EditorsHelena Carrapico, Daniela Irrera, Bill Tupman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315677989
ISBN (Print)9781138934436, 9781138098893
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2015


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