Accession Number:

ADA402060

Title:

The Threat of Transnational Crime in East Asia

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-03-19

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

This research project examines the problem of transnational organized crime and identifies it as a rising threat to national security. It defines and summarizes trends in five types of transnational organized crime trafficking in drugs and precursor chemicals, trafficking in persons and alien smuggling, conventional weapons smuggling, illegal sale of nuclear materiel, and money laundering. The regional focus of the study is East Asia and it highlights the two most significant criminal organizations in the region - the Chinese triads and the Japanese yakuza. Both organizations have global reach and their activities in the United States are noted. It shows the direct link between transnational organized crime and terrorism. The project briefly reviews United States and United Nations strategies and policies related to organized crime. It concludes with policy recommendations including the dedication of additional resources to counter transnational organized crime and increased coordination between the United States and the international community.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE