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Transnational organised crime in West Africa : more than a problem of terrorism and law enforcement

Transnationale organisierte Kriminalität in Westafrika : mehr als ein Terrorismus- und Strafverfolgungsproblem

Vorrath, Judith

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The crisis in Mali has sharpened European awareness of the dangers posed by transnational organised crime in West Africa. The UN Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) set up in July 2013 will find itself confronted with the issue as well. But the problem of organised crime reaches far beyond the Sahel, and affects many coastal states in West Africa. Nor can it be reduced to the “crime-terror nexus” and the drug trade. Transnational criminal activities in the region are more diverse than that, the challenges more complex: from piracy in the Gulf of Guinea to illegal extraction of natural resources, cybercrime and human trafficking. Europe is directly affected by these developments as a market and target, and, moreover, has a strong interest in West African stability. So there are various reasons for addressing the problem. However, existing efforts by the European Union and other actors to improve law enforcement will fall short if they remain isolated. (author's abstract)
Keywords West Africa; domestic security; organized crime; crime fighting; prosecution; Mali; piracy; slave trade; drug-related crime; transnational relations
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Africa-EU Strategic Partnership
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 24/2013
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications