Terrorist Criminal Enterprises: Financing Terrorism through Organized Crime, 1st Edition

  • Kimberley L. Thachuk
  • Rollie Lal
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  • ISBN-10: 1440860688
  • ISBN-13: 9781440860683
  • DDC: 363.325
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released February 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Terrorist groups have evolved from orthodox global insurgents funded by rogue sponsors into nimble and profitable transnational criminal enterprises whose motivations are not always evident. This volume seeks to explain how and why terrorist groups are often now criminal enterprises through 12 case studies of terrorist criminal enterprises written by authors who have derived their expertise on terrorism and/or organized crime from diverse sources. Terrorist groups have been chosen from different regions to provide the global coverage. Chapters describe and analyze the actors, actions, problems, and collaborations of specific terrorist criminal enterprises. Other elements discussed include links to such facilitating conditions as political culture, corruption, history, economy, and issues of governance. This work advances scholarship in the field of counterterrorism by expanding the understanding of these terrorist groups as entities not driven purely by ideology but rather by the criminal enterprises with which they often coincide.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Terminology and Abbreviations.
1: An Introduction to Terrorist Criminal Enterprises.
2: The Gangsterization of Terrorism.
3: Da’esh in Iraq and Syria: Terrorist Criminal Enterprise.
4: Da’esh and Al-Qaida in Europe.
5: The Industry of Terror: Criminal Financing of the North Caucasus Insurgency.
6: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC): A Transnational Criminal-Insurgent-Terror Phenomenon.
7: Boko Haram and al-Shabaab: Adaptable Criminal Financing amid Expanded Terror.
8: The Haqqani Network: Gangster Jihadists.
9: The Evolution of the PKK into a Criminal Enterprise.
10: Hezbollah: The Continuing Expansion of a Robust Criminal Enterprise.
11: Cashing in on Fragility: Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and Crime in the Sahelo-Saharan Region.
12: The Abu Sayyaf Group: A Destructive Duality.
13: Policy Options: Combating Terrorist Criminal Enterprises.
About the Editors and Contributors.