One of my colleagues at George Mason University, Professor Mahmut Cengiz, has just published his new book The Illicit Economy in Turkey: How Criminals, Terrorists, and the Syrian Conflict Fuel Underground Markets.
According to the flyer, “this book examines the transnational expansion of the illicit economy in Turkey and the unintended consequences of corruption scandals at the highest levels of the Turkish government that have resulted in the purging of important law enforcement and intelligence entities formerly responsible for countering terrorism and organized crime threats.”
I personally can not wait to get my hands on this book. Professor Cengiz’s expertise on terrorism and criminal activity in Turkey, as well as in the broader Middle East, has come to shine in our partnership between DSG and GMU. I am assured that this book and Mahmut’s findings will play a critical role in the future of regional security studies.