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date: 24 August 2019

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Transnational crime has increasingly become a central topic in international security studies. Yet, crimes differ in their relevance for security, and countermeasures range from early efforts against slavery to current debates on cybersecurity. This chapter starts with an introduction to transnational crime, the difficulties of defining it, and the security risks it embodies. The next section presents the governance of crime, distinguishing between internal and external governance, and how both aspects are needed to consider the threat potential of transnational crime. The subsequent section outlines future scenarios on three major aspects of governing transnational crime: the use of data, the role of formal norms, and the dimensions of security. Taken together, international security benefits from taking into account a complex and differentiated picture of crime. Crime is often a consequence of security weaknesses, not necessarily their cause.

Keywords: global crime, transnational crime, global governance, transnational governance, policing, governance, security, risk, data, norms

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