Douglas Farah

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Associated Programs: Americas Program

Douglas Farah is a senior associate of the Americas Program at CSIS and a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. He is an expert on transnational criminal organizations, insurgencies, ungoverned spaces, illicit money flows, and resource exploitation in Latin America. In recent years, he has written extensively about Iran's growing influence in Latin America, the Bolivarian revolution, and transnational criminal and terrorist networks in the region. From 1985 to 2005, he worked as a journalist, primarily as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for the Washington Post. In addition to several postings in Latin America, he served as West Africa bureau chief, international investigative correspondent, and a member of the investigative unit. Since leaving the Post in 2004, Mr. Farah has worked as a consultant to the U.S. government on national intelligence reform, nonstate armed actors, critical infrastructure protection, criminal-terrorist pipelines, bulk cash smuggling to Mexico, and other topics. He has also worked as a consultant with the World Bank, the Rand Corporation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and other organizations. He is a frequent lecturer to the U.S. military institutions on the FARC and other Latin American insurgencies, and he has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. Mr. Farah is the author of two books: Blood from Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror (Broadway, 2004) and Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible (Wiley, 2007). He appears regularly in the national and international media and has been published in more than a dozen journals and magazines.