During the last ten years an increasing number of government and media reports, scholarly books and journal articles, and other publications have focused our attention on the expanded range of interactions between international organized crime and terrorist networks. A majority of these interactions have been in the form of temporary organizational alliances (or customer-supplier relationships) surrounding a specific type of transaction or resource exchange, like document fraud or smuggling humans, drugs or weapons across a particular border. The environment in which terrorists and criminals operate is also a central theme of this literature.

These research trends suggest the salience of this book which addresses how organized criminal and terrorist networks collaborate, share knowledge and learn from each other in ways that expand their operational capabilities. The book contains broad conceptual pieces, historical analyses, and case studies that highlight different facets of the intersection between crime and terrorism. These chapters collectively help us to identify and appreciate a variety of dynamics at the individual, organizational, and contextual levels. These dynamics, in turn, inform a deeper understanding of the security threat posted by terrorists and criminal networks and how to respond more effectively.

This book was published as a special issue of Terrorism and Political Violence.

chapter 1|9 pages

Criminals and Terrorists: An Introduction

ByJames J. F. Forest

chapter 3|14 pages

When Politicians Sell Drugs: Examining Why Middle East Ethnopolitical Organizations Are Involved in the Drug Trade

ByVictor Asal, Kathleen Deloughery, Brian J. Phillips

chapter 5|24 pages

Surreptitious Lifelines: A Structural Analysis of the FARC and the PKK

ByVera Eccarius-Kelly

chapter 6|20 pages

The Terrorism Debate Over Mexican Drug Trafficking Violence

ByPhil Williams

chapter 9|17 pages

Fluctuations Between Crime and Terror: The Case of Abu Sayyaf ’s Kidnapping Activities

ByKidnapping Activities McKenzie O’Brien

chapter 10|18 pages

Exploring the Intersections of Technology, Crime, and Terror

ByThomas J. Holt