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Interpol’s Transnational Challenge: How can Interpol be Strengthened? Open Access Deposited

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This paper will examine the role of Interpol as an international organization and how this institution has adapted to the challenge of globalization. With the expansion of international organizations in world politics after World War II, and with the impact of globalization after the Cold War, international relations became increasingly transnational and less state-centered.1 This reality has challenged traditional conceptions of world politics and forced academics to rethink international relations in a world increasingly dominated by international entities such as Interpol. The analysis of Interpol will begin with a brief introduction of the organization, followed by an assessment of the impact of globalization and of the rise of transnational crime on the international police’s capability to deter crime. The paper will then focus on an analysis of Interpol’s weaknesses and major frailties in its response to transnational crime. Several multidimensional recommendations will then be proposed to strengthen Interpol, and balance the organization’s effectiveness in light of the rise of criminal and terrorist non-state actors.

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