Author: The Global Observatory of Transnational Criminal Networks

December 15th, 2016

This document is the analysis of a criminal network trafficking coltan, diamonds, arms, gold, and other minerals and commodities across the DRC and surrounding countries. The document has five parts: The first part is an introduction; the second part is a description of the methodology and the concepts related to Social Network Analysis, which is the methodological approach herein applied; the third part is a presentation of a criminal defined as a “coltan trafficking and elite network in DRC”, as well as the sources gathered and processed in this analysis; the fourth part is a presentation of the characteristics of the criminal structure, which includes a description of the types of nodes/agents, the interactions established, and the nodes/agents concentrating direct interactions and the capacity to arbitrate resources . The fifth part includes conclusions related to the characteristics of the analyzed network.

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