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
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
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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national security and global stability, outlines the U.S. response to international crime, and examines likely Congressional concerns related to U.S. efforts to combat
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Janine Davidson discusses the global ramiffications of the MH17 downing and suggests actions the international community must take against Russia.
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The United States should establish a rehabilitation center in Yemen for repatriated Guantanamo Bay detainees, writes Charles Berger.
Matthew Waxman argues that closing the facility would cause the Obama administration to spend a great deal of political capital, but would actually leave some of the most difficult issues unresolved.
Joel D. Hirst says the Obama administration must move with urgency to secure the extradition of Walid Makled García "el Turco" from Colombia to the United States.
John B. Bellinger III discusses the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions and argues that the United States should use its political capital to clarify the Conventions and make them applicable to modern warfare.
Michael J. Gerson discusses the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army Leader, Joseph Kony; his crimes against humanity; and the quest to find him.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Red Team provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil's advocates. More
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
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