HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar Insecurity complexes: the impact of criminals, terrorists and insurgents on global politics

HSSE 'Brown Bag' Seminar Insecurity complexes: the impact of criminals, terrorists and insurgents on global politics

Date & Time

25 February 2015, 00:00


NIE 3-02-29


Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)



Events Details

About the Topic

The lecture analyses the impact of the relations between organised crime, terrorism and insurgency on global security agenda. The nexus between terrorism and organised crime is seen as the strategic alliance of two non-state actors, able to exploit illegal markets and influence policy-making at the global level. The ability of criminal and terrorists to progressively increase their performance at the global level, to establish their headquarters inside failed and weak States, and to interact with other groups that violently oppose the state, namely insurgents and paramilitaries, deserves to be evaluated within a comprehensive theoretical framework.

The presentation is divided into three parts. First, the crime-terror nexus is reconceptualised in order to understand the level of implications it poses both to the regional and global level. Then, it is analysed against additional threats, represented by insurgency, armed conflicts and weak and failed States. The investigation is based and sustained on some empirical data (provided by UNODC, UCDP/PRIO and the Global Terrorism Database). Second, the current set of strategies and approaches are explored through the lenses of the multilateralism theories. The analysis focuses here on the roles played by the US and European States. In the last part, the security strategy developed by the European Union is stressed. Some conclusions on the nexus perception within the political agendas at the global level – as well as future perspectives – are exposed at the end.

About the Speakers

Daniela Irrera is Assistant Professor of Political Science and IR at the University of Catania and Adjunct Faculty in Politics at the College of Global Studies, Arcadia University, US. She teaches International Relations, Global Civil Society, EU Politics and Organised Crime as a Global Threat. She has been Research Fellow at the Stony Brook University; Visiting Scholar at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin; University of Delaware; Université Libre de Bruxelles, and University of Oxford. She has published in the areas of International Relations and EU politics, dealing with global terrorism, transnational organised crime, civil society and humanitarian affairs. Her website ishttps://danielairrera.wordpress.com/