Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Peter Renstrom

Second Advisor

Dr. William Ritchie

Third Advisor

Dr. Alan Isaak

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Determining which of the two main ethnic organized crime groups emerging in America poses a greater threat to society was the focus of this study. One group is from or is closely linked to Russia and the other group is from or is closely linked to China.

The aspects of each group that were discussed include their origins, their spread to America, how they structured, their membership sizes, the types of crimes they commit, and how law enforcement has responded to each group. The aspects that were compared between the two groups include their levels of sophistication, the seriousness and diversity of the crimes they commit, and each group's ability to operate nationwide and affect the average American.

The conclusion of this study is that Russian organized criminals pose a greater threat to American society than Chinese organized criminals pose.