Transnational Security


Brookings Institution Transnational Security Threats
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: Strengthen American democracy; Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system. The same global advances in communication, transportation and commerce that lead to economic growth, social exchange and political integration can also be conduits for transnational security threats. Infectious disease, international crime, human trafficking, terrorism and environmental degradation, among others, challenge the international system in the twenty-first century.

 Center for Strategic and International Studies Transnational Threats Project
Terror, insurgent, and criminal networks are the focus of the Transnational Threats Project. TNT assesses the nature and impact of these threats through targeted field work and an extensive network of specialists from government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector. TNT’s work is highly valued by intelligence analysts, policymakers, and leaders seeking to understand, prevent, and disrupt transnational threats.

Consortium of Non-traditional Security Studies in Asia

INTERPOL- Drugs and Criminal Organizations
INTERPOL’s primary drug-control role is to identify new drug trafficking trends and criminal organizations operating at the international level and to assist all national and international law enforcement bodies concerned with countering the illicit production, trafficking and abuse of drugs.

The INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption (IGEC) aims to develop and implement new initiatives to further law enforcement’s efficiency in the fight against corruption. It is a multi-disciplinary group with members from all regions of the world, coordinating and harmonizing different national and regional approaches.  Available at:

Office of National Drug Control Policy: International. 
“While the bulk of our drug control program is based at home, there are elements of an effective drug control program that can only be pursued abroad. Internationally, we and our allies will attack the power and pocketbook of those international criminal and terrorist organizations that threaten our national security.” — White House. Available at:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. See Topics for Drugs, Money laundering, Corruption, etc. Available at:

Regional Maritime Security Initiative 
The goal of RMSI is to develop a partnership of willing regional nations with varying capabilities and capacities to identify, monitor, and intercept transnational maritime threats under existing international and domestic laws.

Internet Resources

Countering Transnational Threats: Terrorism, Narco-Trafficking, and WMD Proliferation (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 2009)

Dynamic Threat Mitigation: Combating Transnational Threats and Dismantling Illicit Networks–The Role of Corruption Nodes (Bureau of International narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Dept of State 2009)

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends
The FIRST system offers researchers, politicians and the media an authoritative and structured factual reference system on international relations and security trends. It contains high-quality, up-to-date and clearly documented information in areas such as:

  • conflicts, arms transfers and military expenditure
  • hard facts on states and international organizations
  • economic and social statistics
  • chronologies

Countries can only be searched individually. You can start searching immediately by choosing a country, one or multiple datasets, and pressing the “Search” button.

Global Corruption Report 
Annual Reports from Transparency International.

Global Strategic Assessment 2009: America’s Security Role in a Changing World
(NDU Institute for National Security Studies 2009)
The Institute for National Strategic Studies has identified eight global trends driving tomorrow’s complex security environment. These trends represent challenges and in some cases opportunities for America’s civilian policymakers and military leaders. These trends amount to a paradigm shift and policymakers may increasingly find themselves operating in terra incognita. To shed light on this emerging global environment, the Institute for National Strategic Studies has produced a seminal volume, Global Strategic Assessment, which details these driving trends, assesses them in regional context, and finally, offers a number of pathways for American policymakers to deal with them.

Global Trends 2025 A Transformed World
(National Intelligence Council 2008)
Global Trends 2025 is the fourth unclassified report prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in recent years that takes a long-term view of the future. It offers a fresh look at how key global trends might develop over the next 15 years to influence world events. As with the earlier NIC efforts—such as Mapping The Global Future 2020—the project’s primary goal is to provide US policymakers with a view of how the world developments could evolve, identifying opportunities and potentially negative developments that might warrant policy action. We also hope this paper stimulates a broader discussion of value to educational and policy institutions at home and abroad.

Avoiding Water Wars: Water Scarcity and Central Asia’s Growing Importance for Stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan(Feb. 22, 2011) Senate Foreign Relations Committee report draws attention to the growing problem of water scarcity in Central and South Asia and how it has the potential to exacerbate existing regional conflicts and lead to new ones.

Challenges to Water and Security in Southeast Asia
(September 23, 2010) Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Washington, DC.
While the United States has a long history of engagement with the countries of Southeast Asia on a bilateral basis, there is an increasing awareness of the growing number of issues that transcend national boundaries. The countries of the Lower Mekong region share a variety of common concerns, including transboundary water management, infectious diseases, and vulnerability to climate change. Our Lower Mekong Initiative seeks to support a common regional understanding of these issues and to facilitate an effective, coordinated response.

Hydropolitics inPakistan’s Indus Basin
(Nov. 2010) United States Institute of Peace Special Report
This report, commissioned by the United States Institute of Peace, examines the Indus Waters Treaty and its role in contemporary international hydropolitics in the Indus basin, paying particular attention to the most recent river development projects on the Indian side of the Indus’s three western tributaries. Conflicts around contemporary large-scale water development projects in the Indian and Pakistani parts of the Indus basin are also reviewed.

Peace in the Pipeline? Prospects for Oil and Gas Cooperation in the Middle East and South Asia.
(May 10, 2009, the Brookings Doha Center)
On May 10, 2009, the Brookings Doha Center hosted a discussion titled “Peace in the Pipeline? Prospects for Oil and Gas Cooperation in the Middle East and South Asia.” The panel was addressed by Adel Ahmed Albuainain, the General Manager of the Dolphin Energy Limited pipeline project in Qatar, Brookings Doha Center Visiting Fellow Saleem H. Ali who has been undertaking research on the topic and H.E. Mithat Rende, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the State of Qatar. Hady Amr, Director of the Brookings Doha Center, moderated the discussion.

Smart Financial Power and International Security: Reflections on the Evolution of the Global Anti-Money-Laundering and Counterterrorist Financing Regime since 9/11.
(Juan C. Zarate. April 21, 2009. Center for Strategic and International Studies)
“The historic steps taken by governments around the world to build and adapt legislative, regulatory, and enforcement tools to prevent terrorist financing since 9/11 has created—by design and necessity—a new paradigm for the use of financial power to affect issues of national security import—from terrorist financing and narcotrafficking to kleptocracy and state-sponsored illicit financial activity. This evolution has involved a deeper involvement by the private sector in arenas previously confined to the halls of governments with a commensurate and widening appreciation within governments of the power of markets and the private sector to influence international security. There is no question that the international community—to include the private sector—has made the dual and complementary objectives of protecting the integrity of the international financial system and isolating rogue financial activity central international security and financial objectives.”

Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2007-2012: Transformational Diplomacy
(U.S. Department of State U.S. Agency for International Development. May 7, 2007)
The joint Strategic Plan supports the policy positions set forth by President Bush in the National Security Strategy and presents how the Department and USAID will implement U.S. foreign policy and development assistance. In the joint Strategic Plan, the Strategic Goal section defines the primary aims of U.S. foreign policy and development assistance as well as our strategic priorities within each of those goals for the coming years. In addition, for each goal we identify key U.S. Government partners and external factors that could affect achievement of these goals. The Regional Priority section describes the Department and USAID priorities within each region of the world. The joint Strategic Goals cut across the regional priority chapters. The regional priorities reflect how the efforts described in the Strategic Goal chapters fit together in addressing specific regional issues.