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.

Rapporteur Report: Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere

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

Meetings

Conference Panel Session

Organized Crime and Transnational Threats

Introductory Speaker:

Richard N. Haass, President, CFR

Speakers:

David Holiday, Policy Analyst and Program Officer, Open Society Institute, William F. Wechsler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, U.S. Department of Defense, Lee S. Wolosky, Principal, International Corporate Practice Group, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; and Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Presider:

Stanley S. Arkin, Chairman, The Arkin Group
November 18, 2009

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

Local and National Policy Responses

Speakers:

Ramon Garza Barrios, Mayor, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Rodrigo Pardo, Former Foreign Minister, Republic of Colombia; and Director, Revista Cambio

Presider:

Andrew D. Selee, Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
November 18, 2009

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

Regional and Multilateral Responses

Speakers:

Adam Isacson, Director of Programs, Center for International Policy, Francisco Thoumi, Tinker Visiting Professor of Latin America Studies, University of Texas

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, CFR
November 18, 2009

This meeting is on the record.

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