Dirty Entanglements

Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism

Louise I. Shelley

Cambridge University Press, July 2014

The entangled threat of crime, corruption and terrorism now deserves high-level-policy attention because of its growth trajectory. Using lively case studies, this book analyzes the transformation of crime and terrorism and the business logic of terrorism. Louise I. Shelley concludes that corruption, crime and terrorism will remain important security challenges in the twenty-first century as a result of economic and demographic inequalities in the world, the rise of ethnic and sectarian violence, climate change, the growth of technology, and the failure of nineteenth- and twentieth-century institutions to respond to these challenges when they emerged.

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About the Author

Louise I. Shelley is a professor at George Mason University. She founded the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at the George Mason School of Public Policy and currently serves as its director. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Humanities, IREX, Kennan Institute, and Fulbright fellowships and has received a MacArthur grant to establish the Russian Organized Crime Study Center. Her previous works include Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Policing Soviet Society (1996). She has testified before the House Committee on International Relations, the Helsinki Commission, the House Banking Committee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on transnational crime, human trafficking, and the links between transnational crime, financial crime, and terrorism. She served on the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade for the World Economic Forum and was the first co-chair of its Council on Organized Crime, where she continues to serve.