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Transnational Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Criminalized States in Latin America

IASC Fellow Douglas Farah examines the emergence of new hybrid (state and nonstate) transnational criminal and terrorist franchises in Latin America, and the threat they pose to U.S. security more

Convergence: Fixers, Super Fixers and Shadow Facilitators

IASC Senior Fellow Douglas Farah takes you inside the social networks that operate within illicit commodity chains, and their importance to functioning of transnational criminial enterprises in this chapter of the book Convergence: Illicit Networks in the Age of Globalization,  published by the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense more

The Advance of Radical Populist Doctrine in Latin America

by Douglas Farah

May 23rd, 2014

There is growing concern in policy circles across the political spectrum over the declining ability of the United States to effectively influence events in faraway places such as the Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria and elsewhere. Yet far less attention has been paid to the significant loss of influence much closer to home – Latin America, where there is a concerted effort by radical self-proclaimed socialist and populist governments to erase any trace of U.S. military and security doctrine, weaken economic and cultural ties, and portray any and all U.S. policy decisions as seeking to recolonize Latin America. U.S. influence is being replaced by a lethal doctrine of asymmetrical warfare, inspired by authoritarian governments seeking perpetual power and nurtured by Iran. Through an interlocking and rapidly expanding network of official websites, publishing houses, think tanks and military academies, the governments of Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela have created a dominant narrative that identifies the United States as the primary threat to Latin America. (Spanish translation now available)

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