Militarised Responses to Transnational Organised Crime

The War on Crime

  • Tuesday Reitano
  • Sasha Jesperson
  • Lucia Bird Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Wildlife Crime

  3. Piracy

  4. Smuggling of Migrants

  5. Drug Trafficking

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 351-359

About this book


This edited volume examines the use of militarised responses to different forms of criminal activity, discussing the outcomes and unintended consequences. Politicians and policymakers frequently use militarised responses to look tough on crime. The deployment of armies, navies, military assets and militarised approaches can send a powerful message, but have produced mixed results. While they generate the perception that governments are actively engaged on issues of concern to the public, and in some cases have resulted in notable successes, on the downside they have frequently also increased the loss of life, exacerbated the humanitarian consequences of a particular crime and entrenched divides between security and state institutions and the criminal proponents, narrowing the possibilities for future negotiated solutions. By focusing on four different areas of criminality – wildlife crime, piracy, migration and drug trafficking – the book allows context and evidence-based conclusions to be drawn on the strategic value and commonality of responses and their outcomes.


Organised Crime Transnational Organised Crime Militarised Responses to Organised Crime Fighting Crime Militarisation Debate Wildlife Crime Rhino Trafficking Ivory trade Criminal networks Somali Piracy People smugglers Human trafficking Migrant smuggling EU naval intervention Drug trafficking Drug wars Military action Brazil South Africa Somalia

Editors and affiliations

  • Tuesday Reitano
    • 1
  • Sasha Jesperson
    • 2
  • Lucia Bird Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo
    • 3
  1. 1.Global Initiative against Transnational Organized CrimeGenevaUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.St Mary’s UniversityCentre for the Study of Modern SlaveryTwickenhamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Global Initiative against Transnational Organized CrimeGenevaUnited Kingdom

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