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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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Lítio en el Noreste Argentino: La Republica Popular de China, Gobernadores Feudales y Cero Rendición de Cuentas.

March 29, 2023 - Study published by IBI Consultants

Un estudio examinando como el gobierno de Argentina y sus aliados en provincias feudales han abierto el país para que la República Popular de China tenga acceso irrestricto a sectores estratégicos como el litio, sin transparencia o rendición de cuentas. Topics include Argentina, China, corruption, and lithium.

Argentina's longest-serving governors, called the rulers of "feudal Argentina" in a recent Infobae report. Gerardo Zamora of Santiago del Estero is back left. (Infobae)

The PRC, Feudal Governors and No Accountability: Lithium Mining in Argentina’s Northwest District

March 24, 2023 - Study published by IBI Consultants

This study examines how the government of Argentina has allowed the PRC to take over multiple strategic interests, including the vital lithium trade. Topics include Argentina, China, corruption, and lithium.


The Growing Use of Cryptocurrencies by Transnational Organized Crime Groups in Latin America

March 20, 2023 - Journal Article published by Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Across Latin America, transnational criminal organizations that move billions of dollars a year in illicit profits are transferring parts of their financial holdings to cryptocurrencies as a way of avoiding detection and asset seizures. Topics include cryptocurrency, El Salvador, Paraguay, and transnational organized crime.

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Countering the New Autocrat’s Manual

January 6, 2023 - Report published by Global Americans

Our recommendations for a viable U.S. strategy in Latin America and the Caribbean in response to the infiltration of Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) in governments across the political spectrum and a resulting trend towards authoritarianism in the region. Topics include Latin America, and transnational organized crime.

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega at Augusto C. Sandino Airport in Managua, July 11, 2014

Dangerous Alliances: Russia’s Strategic Inroads in Latin America

December 21, 2022 - Report published by Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at NDU

Our report on Russia's broad pursuit of strategic interests in Latin America aimed at attacking U.S. strategic interests through disinformation, front groups, sale of sophisticated surveillance equipment, and access to the protection of Bolivarian regimes. Topics include disinformation, Nicaragua, Russia, and Strategic Threats.

Estadio Unico soccer stadium in Santiago del Estero, a symbol of wealth from drug trafficking and of corruption in an impoverished area of Argentina.

Case Study In Transnational Criminal Convergence: Santiago del Estero, Argentina

November 30, 2022 - Report published by IBI Consultants

Study on an impoverished Argentinian province full of contradictions, intrigue, and unexplained cash flows that fuel one of the most powerful and sophisticated political machines in the country. Topics include Argentina, drug trafficking, and organized crime.

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Santiago del Estero: Centro de convergencenia para el crimen transnacional

November 21, 2022 - Report published by IBI Consultants

Spanish version of our report on Santiago del Estero, an impoverished province in Argentina that is a convergence center for transnational organized crime. Topics include Argentina, drug trafficking, and organized crime.

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