ABSTRACT

Security of the Western Hemisphere: International Terrorism and Organized Crime   [open html - 419KB]

"International terrorism and organized crime (ITOC), are engaged in what the Organization of American States (OAS) has recently defined as 'grave common crime.' ITOC are powerful enough to destabilize, challenge, and destroy targeted societies and states. The increasing influence and power of ITOC are generating transnational threats. The threat posed by ITOC is too great and too complex for civilian institutions to confront by themselves. The military could and should assist in internal protection missions if its operational role is carefully limited by a legal democratic regime. Today's security requirements call for a coordinated and cooperative application not only of all national civilian and military resources but also those of a variety of international and functional organizations. Because success against ITOC requires close unilateral and multilateral coordination, the responsibility should devolve to the OAS."

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Strategic Forum No. 137
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1998-04
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