Organized Crime at Sea: An Examination of 21st Century Pirates, Thugs, and Drug Runners in the Context of Irregular War

De Coster, Jamie Lynn.


  • Abstract: Maritime organized criminal groups such as pirates, thugs, and drug runners operate beyond borders and threaten the ocean as a global common. The nature of their tactical activities become complex strategic problems when they threaten international trade, fuel intrastate conflict, compromise regional instability, and enable illicit economies. These groups take advantage of weak state ... read more
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