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How Globalization Affects Transnational Crime

by Stewart M. Patrick
The Xin Mei Zhou container ship is seen at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, May 30, 2012. Container ships are a major conduit for illicit trafficking (David McNew/Courtesy Reuters).

With drug legalization increasingly debated by world leaders, the Internationalist talks to Phil Williams about the explosion of transnational crime in a globalized world.

  • “Transnational criminals have been one of the biggest beneficiaries of globalization.” Globalization facilitates international trade but also increases the difficulty of regulating global trade; traffickers and smugglers have exploited this. Williams adds that globalization has increased inequality around the globe, and that “its disruptive effect has actually caused people to have to go into organized crime and operate in illicit markets as coping mechanisms.”
  • The global financial system has undergone widespread deregulation since the 1970s. This has allowed illicit actors to launder the proceeds of crime more easily. “We’ve got some reregulation to try to deal with money laundering…but it’s not particularly effective,” says Williams.
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The Future of NATO

by Stewart M. Patrick
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels April 18, 2012.(Jacquelyn Martin/Courtesy Reuters)


As U.S. and EU leaders prepare for the NATO summit in May, the Internationalist talks to Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, about why NATO will remain important for Europe and the United States even after the war in Afghanistan winds down. Niblett argues: Read more »

Five Things to Know About the G20

by Stewart M. Patrick

As Mexico prepares to welcome the first meeting of G20 foreign ministers this weekend, the Internationalist highlights five things to know about the world’s steering body for global financial cooperation–the Group of Twenty (G20). Watch below to find out how the G20 saved the world from a debilitating 1930s-style depression, how the G20 has breathed new life into a global financial watchdog, and learn about the continuing debate on the scope of its mission. Check it out for those answers and two other lessons, and post your bet on the G20’s future. Read more »

UN Security Council Reform: Is it Time?

by Stewart M. Patrick

Check out the new Internationalist video series, which we’re launching today. This weekly series will feature brief, but in-depth analysis of multilateral cooperation in the news, or pressing issues that are flying under the radar.

In the first show, I discuss the impetus to reform the UN Security Council, which has remained “frozen in amber” since the end of World War II despite huge shifts in the global distribution of power over the past fifty years. Read more »