Is Unbridled Globalization creating Mafia States?
Around the world, political and criminal actors appear to be working together more closely than ever before. Why? What is it about globalization that fosters these collaborations? And what are the implications for how we think about international politics?
Political and criminal actors have long collaborated—not least in the US. As I show in my new book, Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organized Crime, the US government worked closely with the American mafia during World War II and the Cold War to extend its power overseas. In the process, the Mob became an active player in international affairs, mounting armed insurgences, engaging in transnational terrorism, and even engineering regime change in some countries. But the move towards criminalized politics appears to have accelerated in the last two decades. Why?
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