Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja), Ecuador: A Strategic Black Spot?
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Lago Agrio is a hidden ungoverned territory or black spot in eastern Ecuador that is a central node to the many security related issues of Ecuador. For the last two decades, there is proof that this region is being used to support illicit activity and is growing in importance. This almost lawless area is a haven for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC and Transnational Organized Criminals TOC, serving as a major hub in a pipeline that moves not only cocaine and weapons, but also humans, precursor chemicals, and hundreds of millions of dollars each year. The emergence of new state and non-state TOC groups in Ecuador along with their hybrid alliances with regional and international terrorist organizations and states that sponsor them pose a growing, dangerous, and immediate security threat to the United States and international community. The United States should prioritize Ecuador and in particular target the Lago Agrio region for intelligence collection and further analysis.
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