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date: 16 February 2019

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This essay discusses the involvement of organized crime in natural resource exploitation and trade. This is accomplished by examining case studies from different tropical regions in the world: Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and DR Congo), Southeast Asia (Indonesia), and Latin America (Brazilian Amazon). In doing so, a new or additional meaning is given to the economic concept of a resource curse. This contribution shows that such a recourse curse can be a crime curse, too.

Keywords: state crime, corporate crime, natural resources, illegal logging, deforestation, timber, gold, diamonds, violence, (armed) conflicts

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