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A Globalized Criminal World: The blurred line between terrorist organizations and transnational criminal organizations

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Jan 30, 2013
01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
430 Burrowes

Matthew Ceccato, School of International Affairs, Penn State

Since the attacks on September 11, terrorism has been the primary national security focus of the United States and its allies. Extensive interagency cooperation, expanded budgets and emerging technology have offered a degree of success in combating terrorism. However, terrorist organizations have begun to transition and partner with various transnational criminal organizations to remain clandestine, finance operations and improve their networks. This shift has created hybrid organizations that blur the lines between terrorism and criminal organizations, which have been able to operate under the radar and out of the control of governments. Using historical examples and current groups in operation, this talk will focus on the reasons why terrorist groups and criminal organizations partner together. Also, the talk will offer new definitions that can be used to define the hybrid groups and methods to confront them.

Matthew Ceccato is a second year master's candidate in the School of International Affairs at Penn State. His area of study focuses on national security, intelligence and terrorism. Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International/Intercultural Communications from California State University, Sacramento. He served in the Army and was deployed twice to Iraq before becoming medically retired after being wounded in combat. Matthew has had numerous internships, notably at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA where he assisted in the formulation of international policing policy and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on the graduate research across disciplinary fields.

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