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Transnational Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Criminalized States in Latin America

IASC Fellow Douglas Farah examines the emergence of new hybrid (state and nonstate) transnational criminal and terrorist franchises in Latin America, and the threat they pose to U.S. security more

Convergence: Fixers, Super Fixers and Shadow Facilitators

IASC Senior Fellow Douglas Farah takes you inside the social networks that operate within illicit commodity chains, and their importance to functioning of transnational criminial enterprises in this chapter of the book Convergence: Illicit Networks in the Age of Globalization,  published by the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense more

The Stillborn ‘New Russia’

by Alex Alexiev

July 17th, 2014

Four months ago, Vladimir Putin forcibly annexed Crimea, to the thunderous applause of most Russians. Russia, it was said at the time, was “rising” and “resurgent” and not to be denied its historical destiny as a great power. Moreover, the conventional wisdom held, this was just the beginning, with much greater expansion at the expense of Ukraine and perhaps other nations seemingly inevitable. Putin himself quickly confirmed this by dusting off a mythical “New Russia” (Novorossiya) construct, which held that nearly half of Ukraine was historically Russian land that needed to be reclaimed. “Ukraine had neither the moral nor the legal right,” said he, “to regions that belonged and belong to the Russian population.” And he continued, “It is not permissible that they will remain in a foreign state that is hostile to us.” Never mind that the population of this “Russian” land was never less than 70 percent Ukrainian until the end of the Russian empire. With large numbers of Russian troops massed at the border and a separatist rabble quickly formed in eastern Ukraine and supplied by Moscow, it did indeed look by late March as if Crimea was only a prelude to bigger and better things for Putin’s New Russia.

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