Tag: organized crime

“The General and the Ambassador” podcast series has published a two-part interview with former NORTHCOM Commander General Chuck Jacoby and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Wayne. Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy, General Jacoby, and Ambassador Wayne discuss U.S.-Mexico security ties and the U.S.-Mexico border…

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Featured article: Enabling Tax Payments: A Novel Approach to Reducing Violence and Poverty in El Salvador by Ann Low Poorly organized governments collect insufficient revenue to pay for police forces and civil administrations whose staff are consistently well trained, highly motivated, and immune from bribery. Inadequate tax collections generate weak institutions and insufficient policing, leading to insecure areas […]

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Featured article: Criminal Ethos of Russia: The Great Western Dilemma of Fighting New Generation Warfare by Egidijus Čiūtas After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of Putin, Russia institutionalized a criminal world and employed it as another instrument of national power. It was talentedly interconnected with the major instruments of national power: Diplomacy, […]

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Featured article: The Pursuit of Justice: Assistance Needed to Tackle the International Criminal Court’s Prevention Component by Jason Elbert Don’t be a bystander, don’t let it happen again.” Henry Greenbaum, a Polish survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, gave these parting words of prevention to a small group of students from the United States Army’s […]

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On June 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary met for a hearing titled  “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to to End the Threat.” During the hearing several individuals representing U.S. government agencies, including those representing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. […]

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RAND Corporation recently published a report on countering the expansion of transnational criminal networks (TCNs) involved in trafficking drugs, persons, weapons, and other illicit goods. These networks pose a serious threat to U.S. national security and security interests in the Western Hemisphere, especially those that with ties to terrorist groups. RAND’s report analyzes two transnational criminal […]

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Featured article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination by Patti Bielling Mexico’s dynamic evolution toward democracy remains a hidden success story to most people in the U.S. The Mexican government’s incremental legislative and election reforms from 1977 to today paved the way for the 2000 election of Vicente Fox as the […]

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Last week the U.S. Department of State issued The Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Threat to National Security, a publication outlining the whole-of-government effort to combat the illicit trade in tobacco. The publication was released on December 2, at a meeting of the Interagency Working Group to Combat Illicit Tobacco, which focuses on collaboration in countering […]

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The Center for Complex Operations recently published an edited volume addressing illicit networks and U.S. national security. Convergence: Illicit Networks and National Security in the Age of Globalization explores many aspects of transnational organized crime…

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