Publication 10.03.2016

Organised crime, corruption and the vulnerability of defence and security forces

While TI-DSP has long considered organised crime to be a major contributor to corruption in the defence and security sector, this report is the programme’s first research foray into this field. It begins by exploring the concrete links between organised crime and corruption, and it highlights how defence and security forces can themselves become involved in organised crime. It is corruption that is often the medium by which the army and police officers that are meant to secure citizens are in fact directly criminally harming them. The paper also points to the growth of organised crime, often associated with corruption, in post-conflict countries as a result of insufficient attention being paid to these issues during the post-conflict reconstruction phase. Because of the relationship between organised crime and corruption in this contexts, this report calls for these two threats to be addressed jointly.

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