From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation

From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation

Michael Kenney


From Pablo to Osama is a comparative examine of Colombian drug-smuggling corporations, terrorist networks (including al Qaeda), and the legislation enforcement businesses that search to dismantle them. Drawing on a wealth of analysis fabrics, together with interviews with former drug traffickers and different hard-to-reach informants, Michael Kenney explores how drug traffickers, terrorists, and executive officers assemble, learn, and observe wisdom and adventure. The research unearths that the resilience of the Colombian drug exchange and Islamist extremism in wars on medicines and terrorism stems partially from the power of illicit organisations to alter their actions according to functional adventure and technical info, shop this data in practices and tactics, and choose and maintain exercises that produce passable effects. Traffickers and terrorists “learn,” construction abilities, enhancing practices, and changing into more and more tough for country specialists to cast off. The publication concludes by way of exploring theoretical and coverage implications, suggesting that good fortune in wars on medicines and terrorism relies much less on combating illicit networks with executive intelligence and extra on conquering competency traps—traps that compel coverage makers to use militarized enforcement ideas many times with out wondering no matter if those courses are in a position to generating the meant results.

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