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Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown

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Dr, Vanda Felbab-Brown is a Fellow in the Latin America Initiative and in the 21st Century Defense Initiative in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on international and internal conflict issues and their management, particularly on the interaction between illicit economies and military conflict. She focuses on South Asia, Burma, the Andean region, Mexico, and Somalia. Dr. Felbab-Brown is the author of Shooting Up: Cunterinsurgency and the War on Drugs (Brookings Institution Press, December 2009), as well as numerous policy reports, academic articles, and opopm editorials. A frequent commentator in U.S. and international media, Dr. Felbab-Brown also regularly testifies on these issues in U.S. Congress.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Instability

    April 19, 2012

    Authored by Dr. Phil Williams, Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown.
    The world of armed groups has changed and is continuing to change. What impact will these changes have on the threats and challenges to national and global security in the world today? This monograph focuses on the complex relationship between human security, crime, illicit economies, and law enforcement. It also seeks to disentangle the linkages between insurgency on the one hand and drug trafficking and organized crime on the other, suggesting that criminal activities help sustain an insurgency, but also carry certain risks for the insurgency.