Accession Number : ADA589128


Title :   Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja), Ecuador: A Strategic Black Spot?


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Conway, John A


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589128.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 40


Abstract : Lago Agrio is a hidden ungoverned territory or black spot in eastern Ecuador that is a central node to the many security related issues of Ecuador. For the last two decades, there is proof that this region is being used to support illicit activity and is growing in importance. This almost lawless area is a haven for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Transnational Organized Criminals (TOC), serving as a major hub in a pipeline that moves not only cocaine and weapons, but also humans, precursor chemicals, and hundreds of millions of dollars each year. The emergence of new state and non-state TOC groups in Ecuador along with their hybrid alliances with regional and international terrorist organizations and states that sponsor them pose a growing, dangerous, and immediate security threat to the United States and international community. The United States should prioritize Ecuador and in particular target the Lago Agrio region for intelligence collection and further analysis.


Descriptors :   *CRIMES , *ECUADOR , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , COLOMBIA , CRIMINAL CORRUPTION , DEMOGRAPHY , DRUGS , ECONOMIC IMPACT , GEOPOLITICS , HUMAN TRAFFICKING , TERRAIN , TERRORISTS , THREATS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE