Transnational Crime


Symposium on Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere: An Overlooked Threat?

Session One:
Organized Crime and Transnational Threats
David Holiday
, Program Officer, Latin America Program, Open Society Institute
William F. Wechsler
, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, U.S. Department of Defense
Lee S. Wolosky
, Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; former Director, Transnational Threats, National Security Council
Introductory Remarks: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Stanley S. Arkin, Chairman, The Arkin Group, LLC
8:00 to 8:30 AM Breakfast Reception
8:30 to 10:00 AM Meeting

Session Two:
Local and National Policy Responses
Ramon Garza Barrios
, Mayor, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Rodrigo Pardo
, Director, Revista Cambio; former Foreign Minister, Republic of Colombia
Presider: Andrew D. Selee, Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
10:15 to 11:30 AM Meeting

Session Three:
Regional and Multilateral Policy Responses
Adam Isacson
, Director of Programs, Center for International Policy
Francisco Thoumi
, Tinker Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Texas; former Research Coordinator, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime
Presider: Shannon O’Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM Meeting
12:45 to 1:30 PM Lunch Reception

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