REMINDER - Policy Discussion and Book Launch: Illicit Commerce in the Americas
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The Dialogue is pleased to host a policy discussion on illicit trafficking in the Western Hemisphere
featuring Peter Andreas of Brown University’s Political Science
Department and the Watson Institute for International Studies, Vanda
Felbab-Brown of the Brookings Institution and Steven Dudley of InSight
Crime and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. The
session will take place on January 17, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, at the
Inter-American Dialogue (1211 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 510).
This event coincides with the release of Andreas’ new book, Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America
(Oxford University Press, 2013), which places current policy debate in a
wider context and argues that strong linkages between governments and
organized crime is hardly a recent phenomenon. The discussion among the
three specialists – each with broad comparative knowledge – will center
on how today’s landscape in the Americas differs, if at all, from
historical cases, the seriousness of the threat posed by illicit
markets, and effective policy responses. Andreas’ opening remarks will
be followed by commentary by Felbab-Brown and Dudley before a
wide-ranging exchange with participants.
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