June 18, 2024

Clausewitz talkS about war being an extension of politics; for criminals, violence is … an extension of the profit motive.

Paul Kan and Jacqueline E. Whitt discuss organized crime as an important force in the global security environment. Whether organized criminal activity by large transnational groups or networks of smaller groups perpetrating similar criminal behaviors like money laundering, organized crime has a destablizing effect on governments and societies. The speakers discuss the challenges of separating legal from illegal activity and the dispels a number of myths surrounding organized crime built up in popular media.



You can also download a copy of the podcast here.


Paul Kan is Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College. Jacqueline E. Whitt is Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and the WAR ROOM podcast editor. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or the Department of Defense.

Photo: Police and military specialized units personnel custody an assortment of assault rifles seized to members of the Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs after an operation launched at the Marco Aurelio Soto national penitentiary in Tamara, 20 km north of Tegucigalpa, on August 29, 2017.

Photo Credit: ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images

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