Fact or Fiction?: The Nexus Between Terrorism and Organized Crime

Daniel J. Mabrey, Sam Houston State University

ABSTRACT
Through globalization, organized crime groups have begun to perpetrate criminal activities on other countries and continents, resulting in diversified and nontraditional criminal enterprises that are increasingly transnational in nature. This has caused some groups to forge working relationships with other organized crime groups -- even those that have traditionally never cooperated. Since 9/11, there has been speculation that organized crime groups formed working relationships with terrorist organizations, although no definitive evidence has been provided. This study attempts to determine whether such relationships exist by analyzing 15 years of open source data collected by the Office of International Criminal Justice (OICJ) on both terrorist and organized crime groups.

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