Malian soldiers walk in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali (REUTERS/Joe Penney).

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POSTPONED - Organized crime, terrorism, and political power: The case of West Africa

January 25, 2016

Across the globe, non-state actor violence, whether criminal or extremist, is increasingly attached to ‘enterprises’ that fund them. These groups offer alternative ideas of power and forms of governance, which they achieve through a process of undermining and displacing formal state institutions. In weak, fragile and failed states, criminal entrepreneurs take advantage of the limited ability of national authorities to deliver human security and basic services, and use the vacuum created by ineffective governance to turn their own provision of “social services” and illicit employment into social and political capital. On January 25, the Africa Security Initiative and the Latin America Initiative at Brookings and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime will analyze these trends in West Africa.

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