Patricio Estévez-Soto Stefano Becucci Maarten Bolhuis James Windle Sara Kulic

Organized crime around the globe

A Talk by Stefano Becucci , Maarten Bolhuis , Patricio Estévez-Soto , Dr James Windle and Sara Kulic

About this Talk

This panel will explore the structures and methods used by organized crime groups in different countries as well as the convergence of crime and terror. To begin with, the Irish organized crime milieu has been recognized for its distinction, derived from its characterization as ‘family gangs,’ its international mobility nature, and the influence of paramilitary groups. Another prominent illustration of mafia families is in the city of Palermo in Italy where their criminal activities have been suppressed after the 1990s - whether due to the loss of influence or their option to stay low-profile.

In Mexico, the main counter-organized crime policy has been the ‘kingpin’ strategy which aims at neutralizing criminal leaders. This, in turn, is associated with an increase in homicides and extortions in the country while the rate of kidnapping has been more muted. Finally, they will discuss the crime-terror nexus after the fall of the ISIS Caliphate in Iraq where organized crime still persists today, owing to the hybrid criminal-political entities that continue to destabilize the country.

14 October 2022, 01:00 PM

01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

About The Speakers

Stefano Becucci

Stefano Becucci

University of Florence

Expert on Italian and foreign organized crime, smuggling and trafficking in human beings, exploitation of prostitution, bonded labor.


Maarten Bolhuis

Maarten Bolhuis


Patricio Estévez-Soto

Patricio Estévez-Soto

University College London

Situational crime prevention, organised crime, quantitative criminology, and victimisation surveys.


James Windle

Dr James Windle

Lecturer in Criminology, University College Cork


Sara Kulic

Sara Kulic

Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University