The triple border area : a re-conceptualization of the problem and U.S. policy
Bagrosky, Michael Patrick.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. The Triple Border Area (TBA) between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay is major hub for international crime that generates billions of dollars annually and is the most important center for financing Islamic terrorism outside the Middle East. The primary criminal activities in the TBA are smuggling and money laundering. The proprietors of these illicit acts include local opportunists, multinational criminal organizations and Middle Eastern terrorist fundraisers. The first argument of this thesis is that the current concept, or view, of the TBA has been too fragmented. There are several different models and theories that address parts of this phenomenon, however, there is no single model that describes how the TBA works and no complete theory that attempts to explain the existence of this phenomenon. The second argument of this thesis is that the U.S.'s policy has been too narrow and the result of this narrowness has contributed to the perpetuation of crime in the TBA. To resolve this problem there needs to be a re-conceptualization of the TBA and U.S. policy.
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