The security of the United States is increasingly impacted by threats from transnational criminal enterprises. Addressing this challenge requires leaders with broad competencies in cross-cultural communication, domestic and international law, and operational design. Non-state actors engaged in organized and transnational crime—i.e. the corruption of government officials; trafficking in persons, drugs, and arms; money laundering; international terrorism—threaten the security of the US and key economic partners. These insidious networks reach deep into our society and threaten the fabric of freedom and liberty at home and abroad. Further, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, and systematic use of torture, all international crimes, threaten global security and place US national security interests at risk.
The PITC is housed within the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language, where it supports Institute programs developing cross-cultural communications skills among law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies.
In keeping with the Norwich tradition of developing leaders to “advance the causes of the Republic, ensure its continued freedom, and develop the economic, political, and social infrastructure of this new century,” the PITC will prepare scholars and practitioners for the challenges posed by international and transnational crime, and will partner with appropriate agencies in efforts to combat these threats.
To that end, the PITC will engage in the following activities:
- Publication of the Norwich Review of International and Transnational Crime, to provide a venue for thought leadership on this subject.
- Management of a speaker series to facilitate dialogue and exchange of ideas and best practices amongst scholars, practitioners and students.
- Encouragement of a curriculum at Norwich addressing the challenges of international and transnational crime; to include study abroad opportunities.
The program seeks to enable practitioners, scholars, and students to better analyze legal and investigative issues in transnational crime, evaluate courses of action to neutralize those threats, demonstrate competency for cross-cultural communication, and apply that knowledge in law enforcement and/or security settings.
The PITC program is directed by Gabriel C. Lajeunesse, J.D., Research Fellow, International Law and Policy.