HomeNewsBriefArgentina Looks to International Cooperation to Curb Drug Traffic
BRIEF

Argentina Looks to International Cooperation to Curb Drug Traffic

ARGENTINA / 20 JUL 2016 BY TRISTAN CLAVEL EN

Argentina will reinstate security attachés at its embassies in a number of countries, further confirming the government’s efforts to curb growing drug trafficking and to be part of a regional trend of heightened multilateral cooperation against organized crime.

Security Minister Patricia Bullrich ratified the decision which will allow for security forces personnel to resume their post in embassies abroad and reinitiate Argentina’s bilateral cooperation against drug traffickers, La Nación reported.

The news report says elements of the military police will be reassigned to embassies in South American countries, including Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Colombia, as well as in France and in China. The Federal Police, which has already resumed its training program in the United States, will reassume its responsibilities in Brazil, Mexico and Spain, while the National Coast Guard will represent the country in London and Paraguay.

The internal security attachés’ work in these countries, all positioned along various drug trafficking routes, should facilitate the sharing of relevant intelligence and allow for a better coordination of governmental efforts against transnational organized crime.

Argentina’s network of security attachés had been severely diminished since 2014, before being completely shut down last year by the previous administration.

InSight Crime Analysis

The reinstatement of the security attachés is the latest in a series of measures taken by President Mauricio Macri’s administration to strengthen its security policy against drug trafficking and organized crime. Its announcement came the same day the government proclaimed the “Secure Borders Plan,” which aims to enhance the authorities’ control of border flows with the help of Interpol, to be operational.

SEE ALSO: Coverage of Argentina

Both measures also follow a regional trend of increasing international cooperation against transnational crime, as illustrated by Brazil’s growing law enforcement cooperation with neighboring countries. This trend highlights countries’ growing awareness of the necessity to coordinate their efforts to curb organized crime which operates across international boundaries.

Security attachés are at the heart of this coordination, as they enable the sharing of both relevant information and experience. As pointed out by La Nación, Argentina’s military police, which was inspired by the French ‘gendarmerie’, will be integrated in to the joint efforts by southern European and northern African security forces against drug trafficking through the attaché stationed in France. Regarding the Federal Police, its cooperation with its Brazilian counterpart has already led it to test its neighbor’s favelas policy in certain areas of the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.

The renewal of the attaché network appears to be a positive step for Argentina’s fight against both domestic insecurity and transnational drug trafficking.

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 2 JUN 2020

The decision to send US troops into Colombia to help against drug trafficking is a troubling one, whether as part…

MEXICO / 21 JAN 2021

Former President Donald Trump’s border wall project has developed a spotty record of attracting organized crime to its many construction…

JALISCO CARTEL / 8 FEB 2018

The Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) is expanding its presence and influence throughout Mexico. In…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…