n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Drug trafficking in South Africa : does the state have the capacity to counter this potential security threat?

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Organised crime, and particularly drug trafficking, is currently seen as a new universal security threat to world order. Analysts have argued that this particular phenomenon lies fundamentally within the global political en economic context that has emerged during the last decade. With the end of the Cold War and the emergence of "weak states" that became vulnerable as a result of the collapse of state structures, organised crime started to flourish. The most notable example is the former Soviet Union where the collapse of communist rule allowed the emergence of literally thousands of criminal organisations.


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