Albania has recently embarked on a comprehensive reform of its judicial system. The corruption within the judiciary has empowerment transnational organized criminal groups (TOCGs) through impunity and by serving as a protection asset to the organized criminal networks in conjunction with corrupt segments of the political establishment and law enforcement agencies. The following scenario explores the potential for cooperation between organized criminal groups and religious radicals in Albania. I argue that if the reform of the judiciary will be effective, it will inevitably provoke a defensive reaction from TOCGs. As more Albanian foreign fighters return from Syria, and the Albanian government fails in its counter-radicalization efforts, an alliance between TOCGs and religious radicals would have a reasonably pragmatic basis.
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