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Douglas Farah y Moisés Naím

Douglas Farah interviewed by Moisés Naím on EfectoNaim

January 27, 2019 - Video published by EfectoNaim

Las caravanas de migrantes son financiadas por Venezuela

Members of the Mara Salvatrucha arrested in El Salvador in 2016

The Rapid Evolution of the MS 13 in El Salvador and Honduras from Gang to Tier-One Threat to Central America and U.S. Security Interests

March 23, 2018 - Report published by Perry Center Occasional Paper, NDU

This study focuses on the MS 13 in Honduras and El Salvador, where it represents an existential threat to the viability of the state. The gang has achieved new levels of power and sophistication via increased revenues from the cocaine supply chain. Topics include drug trafficking, El Salvador, gangs, Honduras, and MS-13.

Evo Morales Daniel Ortega Raul Castro and Nicolas Maduro in Havana

Cuba's Role in the Bolivarian Radical Populist Movements and the Dismantling of Democracy

February 15, 2018 - Report published by IBI Consultants

Following decades of hardship, the Castro regime now carries more influence in Latin America than during the Cold War. The fusion of its revolutionary ideology with Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution has created a political/criminal enterprise that has reshaped Latin America. Topics include ALBA, BJCE, criminalized states, Cuba, drug trafficking, FARC, Hezbollah, money laundering, and Venezuela.

Rudimentary cocaine laboratory found by Honduran police this May in territory controlled by MS 13 near San Pedro Sula

The Evolution of MS 13 in El Salvador and Honduras

September 14, 2017 - Journal Article published by Perry Center Occasional Paper, NDU

A report on MS-13's rapid evolution into a criminal/economic/military/political power that poses an existential threat to the states of El Salvador and Honduras through growing ties to Mexican drug cartels and an ever-greater role in cocaine transportation networks. Topics include drug trafficking, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and MS-13.

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Adapting U.S. Counternarcotics Efforts in Colombia

September 12, 2017 - Testimony before the U.S. Senate

Testimony before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, discussing the ongoing peace process between the Colombian government and FARC, and its impact on transnational organized crime and regional security threats. Topics include ALBA, BJCE, Colombia, criminalized states, drug trafficking, FARC, money laundering, and Venezuela.

President Santos signs the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC.

Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas

June 27, 2017 - Report published by American Enterprise Institute (AIE)

IBI contributed multiple chapters to this report produced by AEI Working Group on Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas, which traces the rise of transnational criminal organizations in the Americas and their role in a wide variety of security threats. Topics include ALBA, BJCE, Colombia, criminalized states, drug trafficking, El Salvador, FARC, Guatemala, Hezbollah, Honduras, illicit finance, Mexico, money laundering, transnational organized crime, and Venezuela.

Dési Bouterse, Surinamese military officer, politician, convicted murderer and drug trafficker who served as President of Suriname

Suriname: The New Paradigm of the Criminalized State

March 15, 2017 - Report published by Center for a Secure Free Society Global Dispatch

This report examines how the government of Desi Bouterse in Surinace became a vertically integrated criminal structure, serving as a safe-space for TOC and embedding criminals in state organs. It also looks at the Bouterse government’s involvement in the gold trade. Topics include BJCE, criminalized states, gold trafficking, illicit financing, money laundering, and Suriname.

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Central America: The Retreat of the State and the Expansion of Illicit Power Centers

February 1, 2017 - Book Chapter published by Rand Corporation

The chapter IBI contributed to the book Counternetwork: Countering the Expansion of Transnational Criminal Networks discusses the ability of TCNs in Central America to co-opt or influence local and national power structures, and the resulting threat to U.S. security. Topics include Central America, Colombia, criminalized states, drug trafficking, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, illicit financing, Mexico, and money laundering.

Blood From Stones by Douglas Farah book cover
Merchant of Death by Douglas Farah and Stephan Braun book cover