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NARCOTERRORISM in Latin America: A Brazilian Perspective

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As the United States continues its Global War on Terrorism it is now looking beyond the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq to consider engaging in other regions where terrorism and attendant forms of lawlessness exist. General Alvaro de Souza Pinheiro builds a case for giving greater attention to the narcoterrorism threat. General Alvaro suggests that security conditions in Colombia and the Tri-Border Area TBA, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet, deserve the immediate attention of security officials of the Hemispheres more capable countries. In this paper, General Alvaro provides a review of Colombias security situation and details his thoughts about the United States support of the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez. President Uribe wants increased U.S. support to provide more military resources, so the country can go on the offensive against the FARC and reestablish a government presence throughout Colombia. General Alvaro expresses his concern that the United States might abandon Uribes Plan Colombia just as it is poised to make significant progress in the war against narcoterrorism. General Alvaro also details the situation in the TBA in great detail, and describes FARC linkages within that area. The FARCs initiative to create Americas Revolutionary Force may suggest an increasing narcoterrorism threat for the TBA and elsewhere. In the section Brazil Confronts the Beast, a concise summary is provided of Brazils strategy, force structure, and disposition. Brazil has taken considerable measures to reorganize and modernize its forces to meet the new threats that it perceives are affecting the Amazon basin and the hemisphere in general. Calha Norte is a long-standing project to ensure defense and development in border areas in north and west Brazil Sistema de Vigilancia da Amazonia SIVAM is a newly installed surveillance system for protecting the Amazon from unauthorized incursions.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

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