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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kaholi Clark (DOD photo by Christine June /RELEASED).

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (April 10, 2015) – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kaholi Clark, senior policy analyst at the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, a component of the Executive Office of the President, talks about transnational organized crime as a growing threat to national and international security in his presentation titled Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime April 10 during the Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here.

In his presentation, he discussed generic strategy development, elements of transnational organized crime strategy and implementation of transnational organized crime. Clark’s presentation was the second of two lecture themes that were developed on day two of CNIT 15-04, emphasizing the impacts of corruption and organized crime and the importance of nations developing strategy and policies in response to the growing influence of transnational organized crime.

Participants will be briefed on how transnational criminal organizations flourish in an atmosphere of corruption, and how corruption frustrates our best efforts at countering transnational organized crime. Participants will learn the answer to “A required first step in countering transnational organized crime and corruption?” The answer is political will and leadership to confront the problem, coupled with a national strategy built on the capabilities and resources of many agencies pooling their efforts together.

Today’s first lecture was from Dr. Valbona Zeneli, Marshall Center professor of National Security Studies.