Demand for Ivory for Religious Purposes Contributes to Poaching and Smuggling

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MS-13 designated a transnational criminal organization by the Department of the Treasury

Today the Department of the Treasury announced the designation of the gang Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, as a transnational criminal organization (TCO) under Executive Order (EO) 13581. According to Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen, "MS-13 is...responsible for a multitude of crimes...

Announcing the Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Contest Winner: Nemanja Mladenovic

The Journal of International Affairs is proud to announce that School of International and Public Affairs student, Nemanja Mladenovic, is the winner of this fall’s Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Contest. Nemanja’s has written a provocative and insightful essay on the underpinnings of the 2003 assassination of Serbian Prime Minister...

Mexican cartels move into Ecuador

The drug trade through Ecuador has historically been controlled by Colombia’s criminal groups who, until recently, essentially held a monopoly over corridors moving through and out of the country. This is gradually changing however, with Mexican transnational criminal groups interested in moving further down the drug chain to cut out...

Operation Pangea V targets counterfeit and illegal medical products

Between 25 September and 2 October, Interpol coordinated agencies in roughly 100 countries in an effort to combat counterfeit and illegal medical products. Operation Pangea V resulted in the worldwide shutdown of more than 18,000 illegal pharmacy websites, eighty arrests, and the seizure of over USD$10 million worth of pharmaceuticals...

Crime at the US-Mexico border goes corporate

In the grotesque violence that has enveloped Mexico it's easy to lose sight of the fact that, ultimately, these criminal organizations are complex businesses that rely on careful accounting as much as assault rifles. The structures underlying the most successful criminal organizations are stable in a way that means capturing or killing the...

Treasury Sanctions Yakuza Clan

The US Department of the Treasury has sanctioned the Sumiyoshi-kai clan of the Japanese Yakuza organized crime network, and two of the Sumiyoshi-kai leaders. According to the Treasury, the Yakuza and its crime clans are involved in weapons trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking, fraud and money laundering. Treasury Under Secretary for...

As Central America confronts violence, our role is to offer assistance, says head of UNODC

Following a meeting with the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov expressed the need for a coordinated regional strategy for Central America to combat transnational criminal networks. UNODC's role is to "work with Member States to offer increased support and assistance." On the issue of...

US Drug Enforcement Administration may reopen office in Uruguay

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reportedly set to reopen its field office in Uruguay, a strong suggestion that the country is now playing a bigger role in the trafficking of drugs to the US. Uruguay is not a major drug producer, but drug traffickers are increasingly using it as a transit zone for drug shipments from Brazil and...

Human Trafficking Gang Arrested in Dubai

An anti-trafficking team from the Dubai Police's Department of Criminal Investigations arrested six members of a human trafficking organization, including the leader F. M. M. The traffickers brought young girls from other countries to the U.A.E. to serve as prostitutes. When recruiting girls, the members of the organization would provide girls'...

The Crime-Terrorism Nexus

The connection between organized crime and terrorism may seem obvious but the nexus remains blurred, both conceptually and in reality. Therefore, if we want peace operations and stabilization missions to perform more anti-crime and terrorism functions in the future, argues Wibke Hansen, then establishing greater clarity about the nexus is...

Tackling Human Trafficking

Human trafficking has become a debilitating phenomenon described as modern day slavery. It continues to thrive in broad daylight despite government and other institutional interventions to bring it under control. Human trafficking is estimated to be the third most profitable illegal economic business after illicit drugs and arms trafficking...

Of Chinese Snakeheads And Mexican Coyotes: Globalization Of Crime-Terror Pipelines – Analysis

The latest White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and the Department of Defense Counternarcotics and Global Threats Strategy both clearly prioritize combating transnational criminal organizations as a cornerstone of a national security strategy that will effectively undercut foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs). Indeed...

Sentencing in Major International Cyber Crime Prosecution

Sonya Martin, 45, of Nigeria and Chicago, Illinois, a manager of a Chicago cell in one of the most sophisticated and organized computer hacking and ATM cashout schemes ever perpetrated, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Steve C. Jones to serve two years and six months in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to commit wire...

Announcing the 2012-2013 editorial board

We are pleased to announce the selection of the 2011-2012 editorial board. Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to the new board: Jon Grosh, Editor in Chief Denise Wilson, Managing Editor Ronald Davis, Senior Editor Aarti Ramachandran, Senior Editor Ca-Mie De Souza, Senior Editor Ludmilla Ngan, Senior Editor Rebecca...

Call for Global Public Policy Network Essays

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Call for Cordier Essays

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Rezoning Hollywood

  A rezoning plan that would turn parts of Hollywood into a mini-city has won the support of key Los Angeles officials and set off a storm of opposition from residents. “More is not better, bigger is not better,” Sarajane Schwartz, the president of the Hollywoodland Homeowners Association, told City Council members and...

Vertical Gardens Alleviate Pollution in Mexico City

 Eco-sculptures and vertical gardens are the latest indication that Mexico City has become a leader in environmental efforts for the developing world. The vertical garden aims to scrub away both the filth and the image. One of three eco-sculptures installed across the city by a nonprofit called VerdMX, the arch is both art and...

White Roofs in New York City

  A recent study of New York City's pilot CoolRoofs program in the summer of 2011 found that the white surfaces painted on rooftops reduced peak rooftop temperature by an averages 43 degrees Fahrenheit. The program is an attempt to address the urban heat island effect in order to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. ...

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