From War to Illicit Economies: Organized Crime and State-building in Liberia and Sierra Leone

By Judith Vorrath, Stiftung Wissenschaft & German Institute for International and Security Affairs
November 30, 2014

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Liberia and Sierra Leone are both fragile, post-conflict states that are vulnerable to criminal activity. Although a lack of effective regulation and law enforcement exacerbates the challenge in these two countries, it is the complicity and involvement of government officials that allows organized criminal networks to proliferate. Broad government reforms combined with development initiatives need to be implemented to dismantle state sponsored corruption and crime.

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Security Topics: Combating Organized Crime