October 31, 2011
Institute Professor Peter Andreas recently gave a talk on the illicit side of globalization to 40 university students from across Latin America, who were visiting Brown University as part of the Botín Scholars program. In recent decades, as the global legal economy has been deregulated, the global illicit economy has been reregulated, he told the students. “The legal economy has recently been defined by increasingly open borders, increasing liberalization of markets, and more open economies,” Andreas said. The opposite is true for what he calls illicit globalization, with increased criminalization, increased policing, and more border controls. “This doesn’t necessarily mean it works, but there’s a lot more activity and interest in regulating and prohibiting illicit border crossings,” Andreas explained. That said, “the border story is not a new story,” he added.