Category Archives: Transnational Criminal Organizations
One of the many difficulties that arise when a state employs its military to conduct operations within its own borders is the question of whether alleged abuses committed by the military should be tried in military tribunals or instead in … Read more »
US-Mexican Intelligence Cooperation Against Cartels: An Interesting Section in the Draft Intel Authorization Act
Two short items involving drug cartel violence in Mexico and the related issue of US cooperation with Mexican authorities in counter-cartel efforts.
First, as readers presumably know, Mexico has just elected a new president: PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto. It will … Read more »
United States v. Corly et al., announced today, is a very interesting case. From the DOJ press release:
…The criminal complaint indicates that as they began discussions about the distribution of marijuana in the Columbia, S.C., area, Mickle and Epps
This is a pretty remarkable development. Authorities have arrested a dual US-Iranian citizen on charges that he conspired with a senior official of Iran’s Qods Force (of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the … Read more »
Liveblogging Session 1 – Opening Remarks and Panel 1: “What Can and Cannot Be Learned From the “War on Terrorism” For Other Threats?
With a few moments to go before the HLS-Brookings Program on Law & Security’s inaugural event begins, I wanted to briefly introduce myself to the Lawfare community. As Ben mentioned in an earlier post, I’m Keith Gerver, a recent graduate … Read more »
Matt Dahl is a 2009 graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law who works on legal and policy issues for a cybersecurity company in Virginia. We are pleased to welcome his guest post, which discusses the potential application … Read more »
U.S. involvement in Mexico’s struggle against violent drug-trafficking organizations has deepened recently, according to Ginger Thompson’s piece in the New York Times today:
When violence spiked last year around Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, Mr. Calderón’s government asked the United States
I’ve written a lot over the years about the way law responds to changing practical phenomena such as the emergence of non-state actors as a strategic threat, ala al Qaeda, as have many others. This vein of scholarship often emphasizes … Read more »
There are few topics more slippery–and more emblematic of the current age–than the intersection of transnational organized crime, narcotics, illicit arms, and violent non-state actors. On that front, this has been a busy week. Consider the pair of indictments announced … Read more »