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Fourth Transnational Criminal Wave: New Extra Regional Actors and Shifting Markets Transform Latin America’s Illicit Economies and Transnational Organized Crime Alliances

June 19, 2024 - Research published by FIU Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy

A focus on transformations that are creating a new opportunistic transnational criminal ecosystem in Latin America that is opening new markets for new products and providing new convergence centers for extra-regional actors. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Topics include Balkans and transnational organized crime.

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The Authoritarian Nexus: How Russian and China Undermine Democracy Worldwide

April 18, 2024 - Book Chapter published by International Republican Institute

Farah chapters on Russian and PRC authoritarian influence in Chile and Argentina in IRI’s new publication: The Authoritarian Nexus: How Russia and China Undermine Democracy Worldwide (April 2024). Topics include Argentina, Chile, China, disinformation, influence operations, and Russia.

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América Latina: a fondo, cómo emerge la tercera ola del crimen transnacional

March 21, 2024 - Article published by DEF

La colusión entre gobiernos autoritarios y estructuras del crimen organizado transnacional es un fenómeno que corroe las instituciones democráticas y que debe ser enfrentado con decisión política, patriotismo y valentía. Topics include América Latina, Crimen Transnacional, Ecuador, Latin America, and transnational organized crime.

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Russian Influence Campaigns in Latin America

October 17, 2023 - Report published by United States Institute of Peace

This report examines Russia’s strategic interests, objectives, and tactics in Latin America by exploring its use of media platforms, key influencers, and institutions, and it offers recommendations for how US policymakers can begin to push back. Topics include BJCE, criminalized states, disinformation, Latin America, Maduro, Putin, Russia, technology, and Venezuela.

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Douglas Farah: “Nicaragua can learn a lot from Iran about evading sanctions”

June 23, 2023 - Interview published by Confidencial

Douglas Farah discusses Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's visit to Latin America in June 2023, aimed at strengthening strategic alliances with Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba in opposition to the United States and its allies. Topics include Iran, Nicaragua, Ortega, and sanctions.

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The Latest @ USIP: How Russia Extends Influence in Latin America

June 7, 2023 - Video published by United States Institute of Peace

Douglas Farah discusses how Russia information operations are deployed in Latin America, the objectives of these operations, and what is most concerning about Moscow’s effort to advance its influence in Latin America. Topics include disinformation, Latin America, and Russia.

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Transnational Criminal Organizations: The Menacing Threat to the U.S. Homeland

June 7, 2023 - IBI Consultants

Testimony of Douglas Farah before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement and Intelligence on the issue of Transnational Criminal Organizations and the threat they pose to the Homeland. Topics include Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, China, drug trafficking, gold trafficking, MS-13, Russia, and transnational organized crime.


Spring ICAIE Policy Brief: Emerging Transnational Organized Crime Threats in Latin America: Converging Criminalized Markets & Illicit Vectors

April 10, 2023 - Policy Brief published by ICAIE

Douglas Farah’s policy brief for the International Coalition Against Illicit Markets (ICAIE), where he is a senior advisor, on emerging transnational criminal threats in Latin America. Topics include criminalized states, gangs, and transnational organized crime.

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