This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime.

Following Sen. Rubio’s remarks, a panel of experts discuss some of the case studies featured in the report, including the Venezuelan regime’s widespread involvement in criminal activity, Hezbollah’s growing involvement in illicit networks regionally, and the role of FARC dissident in continued criminal activity in Colombia. Panelists include Douglas Farah (IBI Consultants), Joseph Humire (Center for a Free Society), Roger F. Noriega (AEI), and Celina Realuyo (National Defense University). The discussion is moderated by AEI’s Kirsten D. Madison.

This event took place on June 26, 2017.

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  1. I Walton Member
    I Walton

    Very interesting discussion about narco states, organized criminal conspiracies that extend throughout the hemisphere, to the middle east and even touch on Putin. The picture painted is overwhelming, beyond our ability to cope even if a priority which it isn’t.  And yet behind all of it is one simple thing, the demand for illegal narcotics.  Demand for this stuff and the profits caused by our war on drugs drives the whole impossible threatening mess and all participants assume  we must double down on the war on drugs and go after the people and the money because drugs are a curse and are destroying millions of lives.  This is true of course but the lives, institutions, countries destroyed by the  criminal conspiracies are far greater, more threatening and impossibly more difficult to counter than demand.   This is political cowardice or an even worse thought, the mirror image of the criminal gangs and equally corrupt.  It is impossible to stop drugs on the supply side.  It cannot be stopped, ever by anything.  Got it?  Now lets re think the issue.

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