Global Security Pulse September 2018: The Crime-Terrorism Nexus

The Global Security Pulse tracks emerging security trends and risks worldwide. This month’s edition explores trends connected to the existing nexus between crime and terrorism, and presents new and underappreciated developments regarding European disengagement strategies, rising right-wing extremism, countering FinTech abuse, and the effects on the international order. The Global Security Pulse (GSP) makes use […]

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Exploring the Nuanced Nexus between Terrorism and Organised Crime

In this Perspective, I aim to illustrate that although the crime-terror nexus has attracted significant attention of late, it is not a new phenomenon, and has past iterations that offer useful lessons for its present form. I reference my own experience as a police officer in Scotland and draw parallels to far older diaspora communities […]

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Investigating and Prosecuting Cases of the Nexus between Organised Crime and Terrorism: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Practitioners

On the 24 April 2018, ICCT, in collaboration with the Netherlands embassy in Qatar, the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a workshop titled ‘Investigating and Prosecuting Cases of the Nexus between Organised Crime and Terrorism: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Practitioners‘ […]

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Examining the Nexus between Organised Crime and Terrorism and its Implications for EU Programming

The evolving relationship between terrorism and crime poses significant challenges to the international community, and is contingent on definitions of terrorism, petty crime and organised crime, which are often contested. In Europe there is evidence that there is a link between petty crime and terrorism, where individuals on the margins of society and the formal […]

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Crime and Terror in Europe: Where the Nexus is Alive and Well

Certain academic and policy circles are engaged in an ongoing debate over the existence of what has been dubbed the “crime-terror nexus”. The term refers to the intersection of crime and terror, and the idea that a relationship between criminals and terrorists exists to the extent that a nexus has been established, although it can […]

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The Nexus between Security and Development

By Ivan Briscoe & Dr. Bibi van Ginkel In recent years, only limited collaboration existed between the counter-terrorism community and the development sector. With the exception of some shared rhetoric on state-building and a common focus on an instrumental use of “development”, there has been more mistrust than cooperation, and civil-military exercises have repeatedly created grave problems for […]

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2020 Advanced Summer Programme: Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law

Register now for the Advanced Summer Programme on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law (online) organised by ICCT and T.M.C. Asser Institute from 24 August to the 28 August 2020 in The Hague. Terrorist attacks have triggered an increase in security-related legislative provisions across the world. A wide range of new or updated administrative and criminal […]

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El Chapo Bin Laden? Why Drug Cartels are not Terrorist Organisations

Drug cartel violence in Mexico took an ominous turn late last year. Mexican authorities captured Oxidio Guzman Lopez, the son of imprisoned Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, but were forced to release him after the cartel unleashed a wave of violence in the city. Heavily armed cartel enforcers took soldiers hostage, attacked […]

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ISIS and Their Use of Slavery

Introduction 2019 marks the fifth year of the Sinjar massacre that was performed by the terrorist organisation known as the “Islamic State” (Daesh). As each year passes, the issue may feel further removed for people not directly affected. Yet—for those awaiting family members to return—it marks yet another year in which the perpetrators of this […]

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Terrorism, Organised Crime, and Necessity

Introduction In recent years, there has been much debate over the role organised crime plays in the commission of terrorism, and vice versa. In this Perspective, I explore the dichotomy that exists between the contention that organised criminals and terrorists are exceptionally similar, against the counterargument that their strategic aims (that is, profit versus political […]

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