State Capture and Organized Crime or Capture of Organized Crime by the State
Inter-regional Dialogue on Organized Crime and State Capture
“The cartels have not yet corrupted the government’s senior levels, but sooner or later they will, because they have millions of dollars and you need to be a saint to reject them."
-- Zainab Bangura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sierra Leone, (Feb. 2009).
The Center on International Cooperation organized an inter-regional dialogue to assess the links between organized crime and political/state actors. This seminar brought together investigative journalists, politicians, researchers and analysts from West and Southern Africa and Latin America to foster a dialogue between regions struggling to cope with and respond to the growing phenomenon of transnational organized crime and the impact it is having on peacebuilding and statebuilding. Here is the background paper for that event.