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Extortion against businesses is one of the main security challenges facing the Mexican government today. Statistics from crimes reported to the police show that extortion has increased dramatically since the country was plunged into a decade-long ‘war’ against organised crime, rising by about...

In 2009, a few scrap pieces of paper were found in a cupboard during an arrest of a camorrista – a member of the Neapolitan Camorra – in the town of Ercolano, close to Naples. This scrap paper...

Extortion is conventionally understood as an attempt or act of obtaining money, property, or services from an individual or organization through some form of coercion. Extortion is one of the most common offenses associated with organized crime. In fact, the historical expansion of traditional...

“Anyone who is deaf, blind and dumb will live a hundred years in peace.” So reads the proverb in the book penned by the Sicilian ethnographer Giuseppe Pitrè. Conjuring the fundamental principle of omertà (code of silence), this proverb highlights the historical importance of remaining...

Jay S. Albanese is a professor in the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He received the Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Dr. Albanese served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of...

As Visiting Professor Urban & Maritime Security Research Group, operationalise research by reflecting on experience and expertise from 30 years law enforcement with a focus on Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism.  As former Head of OCCT in Scotland, developed and built a command structure...

Simon is a lecturer of International Relations at Coventry University. He teaches a number of modules on global organised crime, the history of organised crime, and anti-mafia strategies. He has also taught on a number of politics and IR modules with topics including comparative politics,...

Since 2006, Professor Letizia Paoli has been a full professor of criminology at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law. She is also a life member at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She has been a visiting scholar or professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Giessen, Manchester, Paris II Panthéon-...