Published March 2019
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Typologies of criminal behaviour associated with terrorism
There are a number of typologies of criminal behaviour that have been associated with terrorism. These will be presented in the following sections with the support of relevant case studies. The typologies have been chosen for analysis based on existing literature and UN Security Council resolution 2195 (2014), which expresses concern:
that terrorists benefit from transnational organized crime in some regions, including from the trafficking of arms, persons, drugs, and artefacts and from the illicit trade in natural resources [...], as well as from kidnapping for ransom and other crimes.
The crime-terrorism linkages are examined as they play out through the following activities:
- drug trafficking
- weapons trafficking
- trafficking in cultural property and antiquities
- human trafficking
- intellectual property crime
- kidnapping for ransom
- exploitation of natural resources
Each typology contains some key facts and at least one case study.