Transnational networks of insurgency and criminality

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The project seeks to determine which elements allow hybrid organizations (a combination of terrorism or insurgency and criminality) to create transnational networks beyond the borders of a primary state of operation. The study will assess variables such as local population support, state support, interaction with organizations and movements, relationships with other violent organizations, and the existence of 'empty spaces', determining which are most relevant to such construction.

The theoretical framework for this will be the paradigm of complex or networked insurgencies that has been built in recent years in the field of Strategic and Security Studies, mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be taken as the main case study, and the Taliban, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Kurdistan Workers' Party will be taken into account as minor cases for making comparisons. The project will make a particular conceptual proposal to advance the understanding of commercial insurgencies, according to their internal structure and how they interact with the environment (the region).

The main objective of the research is therefore to determine which variables have allowed the FARC to create transnational networks and how these can be interpreted.

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Effective start/end date2/1/148/30/20

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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