Since the end of the cold war, threats to national and international security have become more varied and diffused. Some of these threats are subtle and insidious rather than overtly military in character. Transnational organized crime has this character. The course is intended to provide substantive knowledge about major transnational criminal organizations and the threats they pose to domestic and global governance and to international security and stability. Accordingly, it places the challenge posed by transnational organized crime in the context of broader issues of globalization, governance, and disorder. The purpose of this course is to examine the phenomenon of transnational organized crime, in all its variations and manifestations, to identify major transnational criminal organizations and activities, to assess the threat posed to national and international security and stability, and to evaluate the policy implications of this threat. Attention is given to the initiatives governments have taken in response to the transnational crime challenge, and an assessment made of the adequacy of these initiatives. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to become familiar with analytical techniques that are used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies in understanding, assessing, and responding to organized crime.
Grading Basis
Grad Letter Grade
Lecture - Required
Course Attributes
Asian Studies
Russian & East European Studie
West European Studies
PIA 2365
Academic Group
Grad Sch of Pub & Int'l Affrs
Academic Organization
Public & Int'l Affairs
Pittsburgh Campus
Enrollment Requirements
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs students only.
Typically Offered