Though the provision of illicit goods and services is far from being a new phenomenon, today's global economic environment has allowed transnational organized crime an unprecedented capacity to challenge states. The authors of this book examine the trends underlying the explosion of transnational organized crime and consider possible responses. Emphasizing the difficulties encountered by individual states in their efforts to deal with this security dilemma, they highlight the growing importance of multilateral initiatives.
Mats Berdal is director of studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has published widely on issues of international security. Mónica Serrano is an acknowledged expert on the politics and international relations of Latin America. She is professor of politics at El Colegio de México and has taught at the Universities of London and Oxford.