Fighting Transnational Cartels in the Western Hemisphere
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The most dangerous threat to the United States and its allies in the Western Hemisphere is the growth of powerful transnational criminal organizations in Mexico and Central America, according to one of the authors of a new policy brief released in March 2011 by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Bob Killebrew will discuss the urgent need for increased regional cooperation – which was a topic of President Obama’s recent Latin America tour – to combat the growing violence and instability in the Western Hemisphere.
Robert Killebrew is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a retired Army colonel who served 30 years in a variety of assignments that included Special Forces, tours in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, XVIII Airborne Corps, high-level war planning assignments and instructor duty at the Army War College. His most recent articles, including the cover piece for the December 2008 Armed Forces Journal and his 2010 publication Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels, and U.S. National Security, have focused on the growing connection between terrorism and criminal gangs.