Transnational Crime


Regional and Multilateral Responses to Organized Crime

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

Watch 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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Primary Sources

Merida Initiative

The Merida Initiative is a multi-year security agreement between the governments of the United States, Mexico, the nations of Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti to combat violence and organized crime. The U.S. Congress has appropriated $1.6 billion since the program began in 2008.

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Global Terrorism: The FBI’s Role

Speaker: Robert S. Mueller III
Presider: Terry Moran

Listen to Robert S. Mueller, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as he details his agency's efforts to effectively address threats from global terrorism as a global security, national security, and law enforcement organization.

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