Violence without Borders: The Internationalization of Crime and Conflict

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Sep 29, 2020 | World Bank

The increasing internationalization of conflict, crime, and violence threaten to reverse decades of progress and development. Domestic political stability and law enforcement have become regional and global public goods. This report by the World Bank documents how permeable country borders have become, leading to great human and economic costs. In just ten years, the number of transnational terrorist attacks has quintupled.  Whereas military interventions might increase the state’s ability to control crime and insurgency, they might also worsen citizens’ attitudes toward the government. The analysis covers intrastate conflicts, terrorism, and transnational crimes and identifies key areas of relevance for multilateral institutions, specifically generating data and knowledge for better policies; delivering financial aid and technical expertise; providing a forum for policy coordination; and better data collection on conflict, crime, and violence.


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