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Terrorists, Drug Traffickers, and Gangs in Latin America: Undermining Democracy

Latin America faces growing challenges from armed non-state actors who are able to operate in territories where governance is contested. This includes parts of Mexico and the tri-border region adjacent to Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. These non-state actors—including criminal gangs, drug traffickers, and terrorist groups—pose a threat to democracy and stability in Latin America, as well as to U.S. security.

Hudson Institute and the Center for Latin American Studies hosted an outstanding panel of experts to discuss this growing set of challenges and the threats these groups pose to Latin America and the United States.

Hudson’s Center for Latin American Studies is grateful to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for its generous support of this lecture series.

Jaime Daremblum, Introductory Remarks

Director, Hudson Institute Center for Latin American Studies

Robert Pfaltzgraff, Moderator

President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Douglas Farah, Panelist

Senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center

Roy Godson, Panelist

Emeritus Professor of Government at Georgetown University and President of the National Strategy Information Center

Matthew Levitt, Panelist

Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

John P. Walters, Panelist

Hudson Institute's Executive Vice President, former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

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