Discussion Explores the World of Transnational Organized Crime

Posted: February 28, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

On Monday evening, the Office of the Provost will host “Economic Globalization, Corruption, and Crime: Conceptual Frameworks,” a discussion of transnational crime. The free event is held at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Theatre.

The program focuses on organized crime networks that operate across sovereign borders, trafficking in drugs, people, weapons, and nuclear material, while laundering proceeds from these illicit industries. Speakers Janine Wedel and Ethan Burger will identify and explore the nature of the criminal activities, and the political, social, and economic transformations that facilitated them. Additionally, they will explain the responses available to governments and law enforcement agencies in their effort to contain transnational criminal activity and disrupt or dismantle the organizations.

Wedel is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy. Her books include Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe; The Private Poland; and The Unplanned Society: Poland During and After Communism. Her research focuses on conflicting roles and social networks emerging in the post-Cold War era.

Burger is project director at American University’s Transnational Crime and Corruption Center and an associate research professor in the School of International Service. He analyzes foreign and international law concerning organized crime and corruption, particularly in connection with money laundering, privatization, bankruptcy, and corporate governance.

For more information, call (703) 993-8770.

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