Kimberley Thachuk

Kimberley Thachuk
Johns Hopkins University | JHU · Global Security Studies Advanced Academic Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Current project is an edited volume with Dr. Yuliya Zabyelina: The Research Handbook on the Private Sector and Organized Crime.

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This chapter examines warlords engaged in the plundering of mines located in captured sub-state regions—the so-called “black holes” in remote regions of developing countries. Warlords exert violent and capricious de facto rule over black holes using militarized violence, along with a mixture of ethno-religious grievances, patronage payments, and ch...
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Airborne illicit arms traffickers from the former Soviet space are resourceful and adaptable international criminals who have built complex air trafficking networks by successfully cultivating strategic connections in a number of geographically distant states. This paper examines the airborne arms trafficking operations of networks from former Sovi...
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Integrative complexity scoring was performed on almost 1250 paragraphs, whose source was the English transcription of materials produced by 14 Middle Eastern leaders between summer of 1990 and March, 1991. The data set was divided by leader, two levels of involvement in the Gulf crisis (high vs. peripheral), two political positions (adherence to pr...
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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2002 orchestrated from Afghanistan and carried out by foreign nationals startled and frightened people the world over. Events since have produced a disquieting fear of quite another stripe that of the homegrown terrorist. More than 200 died, and some 1,500 were wounded as a result of terrorist attacks in Spain...
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Differences in strategic vision and concepts of security are central to the U.S. and European Union (EU) approaches to counterterrorism. While the United States conceives of a war against terrorism, Europe does not. As a result of different perceptions of the threat, both sides of the Atlantic take divergent approaches to homeland security. Europea...
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Homeland defense that is, the military's role in preventing and defending against terrorist attacks on the territory of Alliance members is an increasingly important imperative for the United States, Canada and Europe. NATO has the opportunity to articulate a strategic direction and planning process for homeland defense to ensure that relevant Alli...
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The Global War on Terrorism has made policy analysts the world over re-think the implications of corruption for the peaceful existence of states. Corruption has become the enabler by which groups who commit conspiracies on a global scale may threaten international security with relative impunity.
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'Transnational threats' is the label given to a growing and diverse category of phenomena that cut across national borders, and often are not directly controlled by national governments. Some of the threats arise not necessarily as the result of malicious intent on the part of the actors, but rather, they are the outcome of criminal actions underta...
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The right to intervene must be limited in purpose, scope, and means in order to prevent its abuse by hegemons and aggressors and to quell concerns that this is a carte blanche for the use of force. International law should strive for comprehensible standards in the area of humanitarian intervention and provide for predictability in rules of behavio...
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This paper discusses the reform of institutions of justice as a way to eradicate violence in society. The use of violence has long been the method by which numerous societies have resolved disputes. However, the resort to violence only tends to engender more violence. Democratic values and the observance of human rights are impossible to promote an...
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Over 3,000 paragraphs randomly sampled from public statements made by Mikhail S. Gorbachev between his accession to power in 1985 and his resignation in 1991 were scored for integrative complexity, an index of cognitive differentiation and integration in information-processing. Different levels of complexity were associated with the chronology of G...
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The Gulf War and the crisis that led up to it provide an extremely useful laboratory for social scientists to test their hypotheses about crisis behavior. In this study the authors measure a structural attribute of leaders' utterances—their integrative complexity—before, during, and after the crisis and war to determine its association with behavio...
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Terrorist groups have manipulated the underbelly of globalization and its discontents to their great advantage. Confronting terrorism will require an understanding of the three main critical pillars of support upon which terrorists rely for their continued survival: financing, corruption, and citizen support. This study illustrates how the criminal...
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Transnational threats are activities perpetrated by nonstate actors that not only transcend national borders but also have global impact. Yet—at least prior to September 11, 2001—they seemed easy to overlook because they are so varied in nature and scope. Further, their effects are obscured by the fact that many are somewhat insidious with gradual...

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