With organized crime estimated to generate billions of dollars every year through illegal activities such as money laundering, smuggling of people and goods, extortion, robbery, fraud and insider trading, authorities are increasingly working together to combat this increasing threat to international security and stability.
In this book former police officer Frank Madsen provides a much needed, short and accessible introduction to transnational organized crime, explaining its history and the key current issues and clearly examining the economics and practices of crime in the era of globalization.
Key issues discussed include:
- the war on drugs
- anti-money laundering efforts
- the relationship between organized crime and terrorism
- development of ‘Internet based’ criminal activity
- international response to transnational organized crime.
Illustrated by a series of researched case studies from around the world, Transnational Organized Crime is essential reading for all students and researchers in International Relations, International Law and Criminology.
Table of Contents
1. Taxonomy 2. History and Development of Concept of Organized Crime 3. The Transnational Crimes 4. Transnational Crime and Terrorism 5. The Economics of Transnational Organized Crime 6. Initiatives Against Transnational Crime 7. Critical Issues and Future Trends 8. Conclusion
Frank G. Madsen is a researcher in transnational crime at the University of Cambridge. A former police officer with both the Danish police force and Interpol, his research interests include organized crime, corruption, trafficking in women and children, and environmental crime, in particular deforestation.