This book examines the trans-border connections between militant and criminal networks and the relationship between these and the states in which they operate.
"Unholy alliances" is a term used to describe hybrid trans-border militant and criminal networks that pose serious threats to security in Europe and elsewhere. Identity networks provide the basis for militant organizations using violent strategies – insurgency and terrorism – for political objectives. To gain funds and weapons militant networks may establish criminal enterprises, or align with existing trans-border criminal and financial networks.
This book extends the concept of unholy alliances to include the trans-state
This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism, insurgency, transnational crime, war and conflict studies, and IR in general.
Lyubov Grigorova Mincheva is Associate Professor of Political Science at
the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of
Maryland and has published extensively in English and Bulgarian languages on
ethnopolitics, spillover crisis, peacekeeping, crime, and terrorism. She is a member
of the European Standing Group in International Relations.
Ted Robert Gurr is Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, at the University
of Maryland, USA. He founded and consults on the Minorities at Risk project at the
University’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management.
Among his books are Why Men Rebel, Violence in America, and Peoples vs. States. He also established and coedits the biennial global report Peace and Conflict.