REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes - Boys play soccer as a policeman patrols one day after the occupation of the Mare slums complex in Rio de Janeiro, March 31, 2014.

Book Chapter

Crime, Low-Intensity Conflict and the Future of War in the Twenty-First Century

July 10, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

In the chapter “Crime, Low-Intensity Conflict, and the Future of War in the Twenty-First Century,” from Failed States and Fragile Societies: A New World Disorder? (Ohio University Press, May 2014), Vanda Felbab-Brown argues that an increasingly prominent type of intrastate violence is that which involves a web of criminal groups, illicit economies and the state actors undertaking anticrime operations.

  • In the News

    [North Korea's economic changes] suggest it is not under as much pressure from sanctions as before, and that the [Kim] regime has proved to be very good at adapting to international financial pressure.

    April 21, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, FoxNews
  • In the News

    Methadone is an opioid and [meth] amphetamine is a stimulant — they are made with different materials and have different effects — so you could easily have a situation in which both are popular. Medicine shortages and lack of availability of health care in North Korea also contribute to the popularity of illicit drugs.

    March 26, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Global Post
  • In the News

    The overwhelming preponderance of evidence for years pointed to official North Korean involvement [in international drug trade]. The triads, the Yakuza in Japan — the question was one of control...It was an arrangement for mutual benefit, and it lasts as long as is convenient for both sides. These were high-quality, chemically pure shipments that were professionally packaged and shipped in large quantities. That was the defining trait of North Korean meth seizures from the late ‘90s to around 2005.

    March 18, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Vice News
  • In the News

    [Methamphetamine] is a product you can make in bathtubs or trailers. You have a wide range of people involved in production and trafficking [in North Korea].

    January 27, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Los Angeles Times
  • Interview | The SAIS Review of International Affairs

    Evolution and Realities of Piracy and Illegal Fishing in African Gulfs

    December 9, 2013, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Interview | Small Wars Journal

    Gangs, Slums, Megacities and the Utility of Population-Centric COIN

    October 5, 2013, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Interview | PBS Newshour

    Navalny Case Offers 'Chilling Effect' for Russians Considering Political Action

    July 18, 2013, Fiona Hill

  • Interview | Journal of International Affairs

    Transnational Organized Crime: Whither Antidrug Policy?

    Fall/Winter 2012, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • In the News

    Simply putting more police on the streets might be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce crime.

    October 3, 2012, Jens Ludwig, USA Today
  • In the News

    It doesn't look like the Colorado shootings will galvanize the gun control issue. The National Rifle Association has a solid lock on the gun issue and effectively is preventing any serious discussion of gun violence. Americans don't like to connect our gun policies on assault weapons with violent crime and it doesn't look like that is going to change any time soon.

    August 1, 2012, Darrell M. West, Xinhua

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