This collection explores organized crime and terror networks and the points at which they intersect. It analyses the close relationships between these criminalities, the prevalence and ambiguity of this nexus, the technological elements facilitating it, and the financial aspects embedded in this criminal partnership.
Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks is the outcome of empirical research, seminars, workshops and interviews carried out by a multinational consortium of researchers within ‘TAKEDOWN’, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission. The consortium’s objective was to examine the perspectives, requirements and misgivings of front-line practitioners operating in the areas of organized crime and terrorism. The chapters collected in this volume are the outcome of such analytical efforts. The topics addressed include the role of Information and Communication Technology in contemporary criminal organizations, terrorism financing, online transnational criminality, identity crime, the crime-terror nexus and tackling the nexus at supranational level.
This book offers a compelling contribution to scholarship on organized crime and terrorism, and considers possible directions for future research. It will be of much interest to students and researchers engaged in studies of criminology, criminal justice, crime control and prevention, organized crime, terrorism, political violence, and cybercrime.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Organized crime and terrorist networks; 3. Hybrids: on the crime-terror nexus; 4. The online crime-terror nexus: using booter services (stressers) to weaponize data?; 5. The role of information and communication technology (ICT) in modern criminal organizations; 6. The rise of low-tech attacks in Europe; 7. Global system dynamics in the relationships between organized crime and terrorist groups; 8. Understanding the crime-terrorism nexus through a dynamic modelling approach; 9. Terrorism financing and the crime-terror relationships as challenges for security in Europe; 10. Tackling the nexus at the supranational level; 11. Identity crime in the UK
Vincenzo Ruggiero is Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University in London. He has conducted research for many national and international agencies, including the European Commission and the United Nations. Since 2010 he has published the following single-authored books: Penal Abolitionism (2010), The Crimes of the Economy (2013), Power and Crime (2015), Dirty Money (2017) and Visions of Political Violence (2019). In 2016 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Criminology for his contribution to Critical Criminology.