Dr. Scott Helfstein presented research at a Googleideas sponsored event titled Illicit Networks: Forces in Opposition held July 16-18, 2012. In the video, Scott previews findings from a center project looking at the interrelationships between criminal and terrorist networks. The research, based on a network of 2,800 individuals and 11,000 relationships, shows that criminals and terrorists are highly connected. It concludes that both criminal and terrorist actors leverage political violence to weaken governance and exploit arbitrage opportunities given common means of operation despite different motivations. The event was co-sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tribeca Foundation. The video can be viewed here.

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