Transnational Crime in the Americas

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Tom J. Farer
Taylor & Francis, Oct 14, 1999 - Political Science - 256 pages
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The most destructive force in the Americas today is not El NiNo-it is the criminal enterprises that recognize no geographic, legal or moral boundaries. This book exposes the main characteristics and effects of criminal enterprises in the Americas and considers realistic strategies for combating them. Looking at how crime penetrates private business, government, and the everyday lives of the people, this collection examines the impact of criminal enterprises on the legitimate economy and the ability of states to promote the rule of law. It compares criminal enterprises in the Americas with other regions, and considers the foreign policy concerns of the US. With a recent upsurge in the scope, sophistication and cooperation among groups, this book is essential tool for understanding one of the greatest challenges to security, peace and democracy in the Americas.

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Tom J. Farer is the Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and is the former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States and of the University of New Mexico. Within the United States Government, he has served as special assistant to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense and to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.

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