Transnational Crime

Foreign Affairs Article

Gangster's Paradise

Author: Peter R. Andreas

Despite media hoopla, cross-border crime -- illegal drugs sales, evasion of taxes, intellectual property theft, and money laundering -- is hardly a new phenomenon. For much of history, moreover, the United States was as much perpetrator as victim. Recognizing this awkward truth should help cool down overheated debates about today's transnational problems and how to respond to them.

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Organized Crime and Transnational Threats (Audio)

Speakers: David Holiday, William F. Wechsler, and Lee S. Wolosky
Introductory Speaker: James M. Lindsay
Presider: Stanley S. Arkin

Listen to experts discuss organized crime including the circumstances under which criminal activities constitute a threat to national security.

This session was part of the CFR symposium, Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere: An Overlooked Threat?, undertaken in collaboration with the Latin American Program and Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and made possible by the generous support of the Hauser Foundation, Tinker Foundation, and a grant from the Robina Foundation for CFR's International Institutions and Global Governance program.

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Local and National Policy Responses to Organized Crime (Audio)

Speakers: Ramon Garza Barrios and Rodrigo Pardo García-Peña
Presider: Andrew D. Selee

Listen to the mayor of Nuevo Laredo and the former Colombian foreign minister discuss steps Mexico and Colombia are taking to control organized crime in their countries.

This session was part of the CFR symposium, Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere: An Overlooked Threat?, undertaken in collaboration with the Latin American Program and Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and made possible by the generous support of the Hauser Foundation, Tinker Foundation,  and a grant from the Robina Foundation for CFR's International Institutions and Global Governance program.

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Regional and Multilateral Responses to Organized Crime (Audio)

Speakers: Adam Isacson and Francisco Thoumi
Presider: Shannon K. O'Neil

Listen to experts analyze the greater roles regional and multilateral organizations, such as the Organization of American States and the United Nations, can play in controlling organized crime.

This session was part of the CFR symposium, Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere: An Overlooked Threat?, undertaken in collaboration with the Latin American Program and Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and made possible by the generous support of the Hauser Foundation, Tinker Foundation, and a grant from the Robina Foundation for CFR's International Institutions and Global Governance program.

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Media Conference Call: Trial of Accused 9/11 Terrorists (Audio)

Speakers: Steven Simon and John B. Bellinger III
Presider: Lydia Khalil

Listen to John B. Bellinger III, Steven Simon, and Lydia Khalil consider the ramifications of the Justice department's controversial decision to prosecute suspected September 11th mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and his four alleged co-conspirators.

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Fires Across the Water

Author: James J. Shinn

The glittering economic success of the New Asia has a dark side of drug trafficking, illegal migration, labor abuses, and pollution. These so-called transnational problems are grabbing headlines and forcing themselves onto the diplomatic agenda with increasing frequency, shouldering aside traditional questions of commerce and security.

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Event

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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