Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2009

Transnational Organized Crime: Multilateral Responses to a Rising Threat

James Cockayne

April 2007

International Peace Institute


In most people’s view, it is violent crime—not terror, war, disease or famine—that represents the single greatest threat to their personal security. That threat is increasingly global: the globalization of transportation, communications and finance has benefited not only licit business, but also professional criminals, allowing them to organize transnationally. As a result, crime is transforming from a threat to personal security into a strategic threat to national and international security. But even as crime is transnationalized, crime control remains largely corralled behind national borders.