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The crime-terrorism nexus

Brief - No10 - 12 April 2017

Florence Gaub, Julia Lisiecka

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That there is a link between terrorism and crime is common knowledge: terrorism itself is a crime, often funded by organised criminal activity. But in the case of Daesh, the link goes much further.

The organisation recruits more former criminals, and funds itself more through petty – not organised – criminal activities than other groups. Yet this also offers law enforcement officials an opportunity to pursue it from another angle beyond the usual radicalisation narrative. This requires a zeroing in on hitherto neglected petty criminals, however.

In the media/comments

  • Brief 10 quoted in Le Soir

    14 April 2017

    The EUISS Brief on the link between crime and jihadism was quoted in the article 'La petite délinquance finance Daesh'.
    Le Soir (in French)