vulnerable, but transnational crime clearly affects security everywhere.
This two-volume set considers the global security and justice problems
created by the variety of dangerous and unsettling transnational crimes
that are growing in volume and severity around the world. These two
volumes complement each other in a way that allows readers to use a
single work to learn about specific transnational crimes (Volume 1) and
about efforts to prevent and combat those crimes (Volume 2). This intro-
duction to both volumes identifies the editors’ goals, the organization of
the work, and provides suggestions for how, and by whom, the volumes
might be used.
GOALS OF THE VOLUMES
The primary goal as we began this project was to provide students,
scholars, professionals, consultants, and practitioners in the areas of crim-
inal justice and security studies with information and analysis on the
contemporary topics of transnational crime and global security. To accom-
plish that, we also had a goal of providing original works from as diverse
a group of authors as possible. A global subject matter requires a global
perspective. The “About the Contributors” section provides information
about the more than 40 contributors writing from 10 different countries
and the United Nations.
The contributors include scholars from respected universities in Europe,
North America, and Australia, professionals working at public policy re-
search institutes, and researchers at several United Nations entities. We
believe the contributors’ geographic diversity, varied backgrounds, and
the resulting medley of perspectives results in a unique and important
panorama of the crime and security topics.
ORGANIZATION OF THE VOLUMES
The two volumes reflect the work’s title with Volume 1 focused on
transnational crime and Volume 2 on security. The chapters of each vol-
ume are divided into three parts. Chapter contributors were not restricted
by requirements of a standard organization for all chapters to follow. Al-
though standardization of chapters has the advantage of providing famil-
iarity and consistency for the reader, it also restricts authors to a set of
guidelines that may or may not be relevant to their topic or approach.
Given the wide range of topics we have asked contributors to cover, it
seemed inappropriate to place restriction on how they approached their
topic. As a result, each chapter in each volume is presented in the way that
the expert(s) preparing that chapter thinks can most effectively convey
the material they deem most important. Further, each of the three parts in
both volumes includes a Part Introduction that provides an overview of
the chapters comprising that part.