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Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism
Understanding the Nexus Between ISIS, Islamist Terrorism, and Traditional Criminal Enterprises
Featuring Dr. Louise Shelley
Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair, Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center and Professor of School of Policy, Government & International Affairs at George Mason University
Dr. Louise Shelley will discuss the findings of her recent book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2010), that contribute to an understanding both of the rise of ISIS as well as the recent attackers in France of Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher supermarket. ISIS is presently a diversified criminal enterprise whose revenues from oil and other criminal activity provides it the resources to control the large Iraqi territory it now occupies. The book, when completed in October 2013, predicted the rise of a potent terrorist group out of Syria.
The Parisian attacks surprised the French who were expecting violence from returning foreign fighters rather than terrorists with a history of criminal behavior committed in France. The French attackers were individuals with criminal records who had met in prison, supporting themselves by low-level crime not well investigated by French authorities. The discussion will focus on how an understanding of dirty entanglements allows us to better understand many of the terrorist threats we face today.
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Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair for civic intellectual as well as a University Professor in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs and the founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University. Her latest book is Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her previous book is Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge, 2010). Dr. Shelley has written books and dozens of articles and books chapters on the subject of transnational crime and corruption. She is presently working on a book on illicit trade in the real and virtual world. She served for six years as a member of the Global Agenda Councils on Organized Crime and Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum and is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Dr. Shelley has been the recipient of many fellowships and prizes including the Guggenheim and two Fulbrights as well as two grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Shelley has testified for the United States Congress repeatedly on these issues and has addressed four of the OSCE, OECD and other national and international bodies and appears in the media frequently.