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Dr. Louise Shelley   (Marshall Center photo by Karl-Heinz Wedhorn /RELEASED)

Explaining crime, corruption and terrorism like a three-legged stool, Dr. Louise Shelley director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University, Va. and author of the book “Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism,” says is the framework needed to understand how to stabilize either one. 

Shelley spoke this morning to a crowd of 73 executives from 40 countries who are attending the Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. 

Her presentation was part of a panel discussion focusing on the seminar’s theme: “21st Century Converging Threats: Nexus of Terrorism, Drugs and Illicit Trafficking.” 

She also shared her recommendations for whole government approaches to countering crime and criminal funding of terrorism that spreads beyond national borders.  The Senior Executive Seminar continues through Friday.