In many European countries, the nexus between crime and terrorism is stronger than ever before. Nearly half of Europe’s jihadists are former criminals. They are using their criminal skills and connections to procure illegal weapons, obtain forged documents, and finance terrorist attacks.
Yet European governments and enforcement agencies are slow to act. Their reluctance to acknowledge the crime-terror nexus is a “failure of imagination“.
The aim of the project is to highlight illicit networks, trafficking, and the nature and dynamics of the crime-terror nexus in Europe. In doing so, we help governments fight crime and terrorism more effectively.
Over the course of 18 months, we are systematically documenting links between crime and terrorism for all 28 member states of the European Union. Our findings are disseminated through events and workshops.
We are partnering with officials and local stakeholders to develop new and innovative approaches that contribute to fighting crime and making our countries safer.