Chinese-Latin American Ties: A Convergence of Security Threats to the United States
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The purpose of this thesis is to establish whether or not there is a link between the Chinese government, transnational organized crime, and terrorist organizations operating in the Tri-Border Area TBA of Latin America. The author utilized a combination of structured analytic techniques in order to examine relationships among state and non-state actors and identify the intentions of each while maintaining an unbiased perspective. This thesis focuses on transnational organized crime and terrorist organizations actively operating in the TBA and the scope of Chinese involvement. The study concludes that evidence supports a convergence of transnational organized crime, terrorist organizations, and corruption within the TBA. Evidence does not implicate the Chinese government in supporting narco-terrorism in the region. However, expanding China-Latin America ties further complicate the current security environment.
- Government and Political Science