Chapter 6: Conclusions
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The concluding chapter compares the findings from the empirical chapters, identifying general trends and overarching themes. It shows that even though there is a conflict–crime nexus, there also in a striking conflict–crime disconnect. Drawing on the conceptual framework and ideal types developed in the introduction, the chapter explains the involvement of different political authorities in the smuggling economies of conflict zones, particularly the dominance of state actors over non-state actors.