Policy Brief

Transnational Threats: The Criminalization of West Africa and the Sahel

Author : James Cockayne
Date : December 2011

As part of the Global Center’s expanding work on transnational threats, this policy brief examines the effects of “dirty money” on security and governance in West Africa and the Sahel. Illicit money, particularly from drug trafficking, is rapidly undermining the region’s political and economic governance, infecting legislatures, police forces, militaries, courts, and presidential offices, as well as chambers of commerce, in countries across the region. The brief considers the nature and provenance of these problems and some unorthodox ideas to tackle them.

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