Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere: An Overlooked Threat?

Illicit transnational flows of goods, money, information, and people increasingly dominate U.S. relations in the Western hemisphere. The limits of regional and global policy cooperation and coordination have worked to the advantage of organized criminal syndicates. Displaying great resourcefulness, trafficking organizations exploit the policy divide over how best to define and conduct counter-drug and other crime strategies. They also benefit from the weakness of public safety and security mandates within existing multilateral and regional organizations. The challenge for the international community and Western Hemisphere nations in particular, is to build on initial areas of cooperation, finding new ways and new regional mechanisms to reduce the harm that these violent organizations reap on populations across the region.

This symposium is in collaboration with the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and directed by Shannon O’Neil

This symposium is supported by a grant from the Robina Foundation, the Hauser Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation.

Summary Report: Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere

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Organized Crime and Transnational Threats

Speakers David HolidayPolicy Analyst and Program Officer, Open Society Institute, William F. WechslerDeputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, U.S. Department of Defense, Lee S. WoloskyPrincipal, International Corporate Practice Group, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; and Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Presider Stanley S. ArkinChairman, The Arkin Group
Introductory Speaker Richard N. HaassPresident, CFR
November 18, 2009

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Local and National Policy Responses

Speakers Ramon Garza BarriosMayor, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Rodrigo PardoFormer Foreign Minister, Republic of Colombia; and Director, Revista Cambio
Presider Andrew D. SeleeDirector, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
November 18, 2009

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Regional and Multilateral Responses

Speakers Adam IsacsonDirector of Programs, Center for International Policy, Francisco ThoumiTinker Visiting Professor of Latin America Studies, University of Texas
Presider Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, CFR
November 18, 2009

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