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Much Ado About the Nexus: Why Does the Crime/Terror Nexus Matter?

Main Image Credit Emergency personnel tending to the wounded on London Bridge following a terrorist attack, 2017. Courtesy of Yui Mok/PA Images

All too often, any overlaps between crime and terror are seen as forming part of a single problem of the ‘crime/terror nexus’. In reality, they present a range of disparate issues that should be addressed in their proper context.

Although not a new concept, the ‘crime/terror nexus’ is high on the agenda of policymakers and analysts. The amount of attention being paid to the issue is unprecedented. In only the past two years, research on the crime/terror nexus has been carried out or commissioned by the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Monitoring, Reporting and Support Mechanism (CT-MORSE), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on

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