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Terrorism and Transnational Crime: Foreign Policy Issues for Congress

CRS – Terrorism and Transnational Crime: Foreign Policy Issues for Congress, October 19, 2012

  • “This report provides an overview of transnational security issues related to patterns of interaction among international terrorist and crime groups. In addition, the report discusses the U.S. government’s perception of and response to the threat. It concludes with an analysis of foreign policy options.
    In recent years, the U.S. government has asserted that terrorism, insurgency, and crime interact in varied and significant ways, to the detriment of U.S. national security interests. Although unclassified anecdotal evidence largely serves as the basis for the current understanding of criminal-terrorist connections, observers often focus on several common patterns: Partnership Motivations and Disincentives; Appropriation of Tactics; Organizational Evolution and Variation.”
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