screen-capture-10Editors' Note:

Often lost in the rosy discussions of globalization that pervaded the 1990s were the negative consequences of ideas, people, money, and goods circling the globe with increasing speed. As globalization has inexorably brought people together, it has also given rise to crime on a global scale. Far-reaching networks of criminal activity tie together drug and human trafficking, weapons smuggling, and terrorism in an increasingly dangerous nexus. How the world confronts this challenge will define international security for years to come.

The Journal enters its sixth year with an examination of the threats posed by transnational crime and prescriptions to reduce its impact. Through prescient analysis of the complexities of transnational crime, the Journal hopes to dispel the darkness and apathy surrounding a challenge that threatens us all. As our authors detail, the reaction of the international community has thus far been mixed. The problem has been recognized and its impact noticed, yet concerted action still lacks. Each of our Forum authors concludes that a coherent, broad-based international strategy to stem transnational crime remains our best hope for lessening its wide-reaching effects.

This issue of the Journal elucidates one of the fundamental traits of the new global reality. Never before have countries' fates been so intertwined; and never has their security depended so clearly on their ability to work together. On that note, the Journal would like to leave you with a quote by Jesuit philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin which we feel aptly describes the world in which we now live:

"The age of nations is past. It remains for us now, if we do not wish to perish, to set aside the ancient prejudices and build the earth."

— Catherine D. Bellafronto & McPharlin L. Broderick

Forum: Crime Goes Global

  • Unraveling the New Criminal Nexus by Louise Shelley | Read  
  • Facing Double Jeopardy: Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism by Jon B. Wolfsthal | Read  
  • Stemming the Contagion: Regional Effects to Curb Afghan Heroin's Impact by Svante E. Cornell | Read  
  • The Silent Struggle Against Terrorist Financing by Joseph M. Meyers | Read  
  • Ancient Evil, Modern Face: The Fight Against Human Trafficking by Terry Coonan and Robin Thompson |Read  

Conflict & Security

  • Transforming U.S. Espionage: A Contrarian's Approach by Jennifer Sims | Read  
  • Proliferation Security Initiative: A Piece of the Arms Control Puzzle by Wade Boese | Read  

Culture & Society

  • Losing Hearts and Minds: Understanding America's Failure in Iraq by Samer Shehata | Read  

Law & Ethics

  • The Extradition Question: Immunity and the Head of State by Sara Criscitelli | Read  

Politics & Diplomacy

  • Troubled Marriage: The United States and the UN Interview with Ambassador William H. Luers | Read  
  • Baluchis, Beijing, and Pakistan's Gwadar Port by Ziad Haider | Read  

Science & Technology

  • The New Age of Biodiplomacy by Calestous Juma | Read  
  • The Myth of Water Wars by James R. Davis and Rafik Hirji | Read  


  • American Public Diplomacy in the Cold War Review by John H. Brown | Read  

View from the Ground

  • Participating in the Process: The Importance of Civil Society in the Former Soviet Union by Timothy Fairbank | Read  

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