Transnational organized crime in the Western Hemisphere is a persistent threat to the security and prosperity of the United States and its neighbors. The US government should target its enforcement efforts to better confront the threat.
The threat of transnational organized crime in the Americas requires greater focus and investment from policymakers to effectively combat illicit trafficking networks, corrupt government officials, gang activity and violence, and the growing presence of hostile extra-regional actors such as Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah.
President Trump announced his partial rollback of Obama’s Cuba policy. There are questions about who is the biggest beneficiary of this new policy under President Trump. Some believe the Cuba people are the biggest beneficiary of this new policy because the Trump administration has started to clamp down on the military regime that controls the hotel industry and receives most of the money from tourism.
AEI Visiting Fellow Roger Noriega, a former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and former ambassador to the Organization of American States, is available to comment on Trump’s new Cuba policy.
Trump’s announcement Friday in Miami takes the first steps toward cracking down on commercial ventures and tourism that aid the dictatorship.
Much of the South American continent is at a democratic crossroads – a pivotal moment when effective US engagement could be the key to securing a more prosperous and democratic future for these regional neighbors.
It is a persuasive argument that the United States should continue to support Colombia to consolidate the gains made by a decade-long partnership. However, it is just as important that the United States counsel Colombian policy makers not to squander those gains by trusting the FARC more than their own common sense.
Es un argumento persuasivo que Estados Unidos debe continuar apoyando a Colombia para consolidar los logros obtenidos. No obstante, es igualmente importante que Estados Unidos aconseje a los políticos colombianos a no desperdiciar esas ganancias confiando más en las Farc que en su propio sentido común.
It is clear that Venezuelan President Maduro and his corrupt socialist regime are bound for destruction. The only question is whether others will stand by as he takes the rest of Venezuela down with him.