By Daniel Mossop
“It has become increasingly evident that the greatest threat to security emanates from the rapidly evolving phenomena of terrorism and transnational organized crime (TOC).” (Makarenko, 2005, p.169)
Since the attacks of September 11th, terrorist activity has been at the forefront of global security concerns as desperate attempts are made to ensure nothing like that happens again. In embracing the global ‘war on terror‘ however, we must not fail to acknowledge the existence of other threats which may put our safety and stability in jeopardy. One concern in particular is that of organized crime, which is emerging as one of the key issues posing a threat to international security today (MacFarlane, 2004). In light of this, this chapter is concerned with the links between terrorism and organized crime and will focus on a number of elements surrounding the issue. An understanding of the driving force behind the formation of such links will be given, as this is the basis of any form of collaboration, in an attempt to understand the need for such relationships.