The Rise of Transnational Russian-Speaking Organized Crime
Transnational Russian-Speaking Organized Crime is a growing scourge for the whole of Europe. Taking advantage of its unique “assets,” it also exploits eased border controls, new technologies, and legal loopholes. As such, it is difficult to combat with only isolated successes having been scored amid a lack of sustained and coordinated strategies between European countries and agencies. If it is to be prevented from flourishing further, more concrete steps need to be taken to combat its rise.
A Balancing Act: the 16+1 Cooperation Framework
Since 2012, the 16+1 Cooperation Framework (hereby 16+1) has been the focal point of relations between China and Central Eastern Europe (CEE). However, this initiative is marked by various asymmetries […]
Organized Crime in Foreign Policy
Transnational organized crime is part and parcel of the modern, globalized economy. The black market has irrefutable influence over both economic and political structures. It corrodes, corrupts, and coopts the […]
Russia: an Enabler of Jihad?
Russian officials have had to contain their glee in monitoring recent political events in America and Europe. They appear to think their days in the cold may soon be over. […]
Cigarette Smuggling: Poland to Sweden
Cigarette smuggling is a multibillion dollar industry which directly feeds off government revenue. Within the European Union (EU) there are losses of around 11.3 billion euro in tax revenue each […]
Hong Kong’s Summer of Rage
The year of 2019 is no ordinary one for China. It marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on Tiananmen […]