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The Evolution of Organised Crime in Africa Towards a New Response

"This paper attempts to better understand the drivers behind the growth of organised crime in Africa by examining its evolution over time. It finds that organised crime is inextricably linked to the development and changing nature of the African ...

Fighting Money Laundering The Challenges in Africa

"The paper is organised as follows: The introduction is followed by an examination of the framework within which money laundering and terrorist financing should be analysed. The third section reviews both global and regional initiatives for addre...

The Khampepe Commission The Future of the Scorpions at Stake

"While hearings at the Khampepe Commission received extensive media coverage, very few from the research community have written to provide insights into the drama that unfolded during proceedings at the commission. This paper is therefore intended...

The Theft of Precious Metals from South African Mines and Refineries

"This study is a further endeavour to expand on the knowledge and understanding of the criminal threat that faces the precious metals mining industry in South Africa. These recommendations were acted upon by the precious metals mining industry, a...

Organised Crime and Terrorism: Observations from Southern Africa

"The prevailing global counter-terrorism strategies and initiatives continue to have a profound effect on many parts of the world. Whether the measures that have been adopted and in some cases implemented will succeed in eliminating or reducing te...

The Threat of Gangs and Anti-Gangs Policy

"The aim of this paper is to describe and critically evaluate the most recent of the anti-gang policies that have been adopted by the authorities in the Western Cape. In order to understand the strengths and weaknesses of anti-gang policies it is ...

The Social Contradictions of Organised Crime on the Cape Flats

"Organised crime is traditionally viewed as a harmful anti-social phenomenon. However, in pockets of the Cape Flats it seems that a criminal elite gain community respect and support. This paper explores the origin of this support and contemplates ...

The Role of Auditors: Research into Organised Crime and Money Laundering

"This paper is part of a larger project into the nature of organised crime in member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a topic that is currently of key concern to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). The starting po...

The Scorpions Analyzing the Directorate of Special Operations

"The “Scorpions”, when referred to by this nickname, are probably, outside of the police, the most recognised law enforcement body in South Africa. The impact of the Scorpions on the South African public’s psyche after four years of operation cann...

Penetrating State and Business Organised Crime in Southern Africa Volume 1

"Chapter 1 of this volume is the only one that is not country specific. It offers a perspective of the historical development of organised crime in the region. It suggests that the turmoil and dislocation that occurred during some of the postinde...

Mozambique: Threats Posed by the Penetration of Criminal Networks

"This paper focuses on some of the more prominent organised criminal activities that constitute a threat to Mozambique and does not attempt to cover all forms of organised crime. The more threatening criminal groups appear to be those involved i...

Organised Crime in the SADC Region Police Perceptions

"This study aimed to contribute to the quantitative data available on organised crime in the region and thereby to assist in developing a better understanding of its nature and extent. SARPCCO, working with the regional office of Interpol, is wel...

Oil, Corruption and Conflict in West Africa : The Failure of Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

"This report provides an analysis of the influence of international oil corporations (IOC's) on the economic, political and social framework of oil dependent countries. This issue is particularly topical because of recent off shore oil discoveries...

Policy Brief : Insurgent Movements in West Africa: A Need for Preventive Action in Mali, Niger and Senegal

"This brief seeks to achieve two things. Firstly, it argues that greater attention to the insurgencies taking place in Mali, Niger and Casamance is critical to the maintenance of stability, good governance and peace in the West Africa region and t...

Africa's Pablos and Political entrepreneurs: War, the State and Criminal Networks in West and Southern Africa

"This book examines the relationship between civil war and organised crime in West and Southern Africa, focusing on Angola, the DRC, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. This volume is organised into two sections. The first focuses on definition...

Regional integration in Southern Africa: Comparative International perspectives

"This volume traces the process of Southern African integration, comparing it with international experiences in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Integration in Southern Africa is made difficult not only because of economic differences, but also bec...

Guinea-Bissau: Beyond Rule of the Gun

Excerpt: "The assassinations of the chief of defence staff, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, on 1 March 2009 and President Joao Bernardo Nino Vieira early the next day have plunged Guinea-Bissau into deep uncertainty. National Assembly Speaker Raimun...

Nigeria: Seizing the Moment in the Niger Delta

Excerpt: "The report of the government-constituted Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, submitted to Nigeria’s President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on 1 December 2008, offers an opportunity to reduce violent conflict significantly and begin longer-ter...

Guinea-Bissau: In Need of a State

Excerpt: "Guinea-Bissau needs a state. Its political and administrative structures are insufficient to guarantee control of its territory, assure minimum public services or counter-balance the army’s dominance. This core weakness has been at the r...

The privatisation of Security in Africa

"There is no doubt that the role of private protectors and armies has grown as conventional war has given way in much of the world to irregular, internal conflict. Africa is a case in point, as this study points out, where more than thirty wars ha...

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