From Contraband to Conflict: Links between Smuggling and Violence in the Borderlands of Meso-America and North Africa

Herbert, Matthew Monette.


  • In the wake of the Cold War, the global illicit economy surged. Contraband commodity chains now cross borders, nations, and sometimes continents. Smuggling is mainly a peaceful pursuit, conducted by large numbers of men, women, and children, each of whom earns only limited rewards for their efforts. Rather than seeking to end the contraband trade, government officials often seek to profit from ... read more
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