Reboot For The Worn Out Professional

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Dear fellow Professional,

My name is Steve Corkhill and in the next few minutes I’m going to show you how, no matter how worn out you may feel right now, you can reboot your energy and enthusiasm to achieve completely new levels.

It happens to all high performers at some time or other

Even experts with great attitudes – the real professionals of this world – have times when life gets really hard. As a professional you stick at it because your livelihood depends on your reputation and your reputation depends on keeping high standards. Yet the demands on you to deliver more and better are relentless and exhausting and can take you to places where you don’t want to be.

Like many others I ‘hit the wall’ when I was least expecting it. It made me feel frightened and destabilised. Moreover I noticed other professionals around me going through a similar experience yet reluctant to admit it. Unwittingly, we were all running the very real risk of destroying our reputations, health and of course our finances simply because we were worn out and hadn’t acknowledged it.

If your batteries are running down, your energy, passion or interest will be fading. Every day you are giving of yourself and your life energy, and if you don’t know how to recharge you end up like a dead battery. That will be reflected in the quality of your work and your attitude. Others – clients and colleagues – will notice.

It doesn’t have to be like this…

If your computer acted like you feel, you’d hit the reset button and reboot because you know that clears away the excess junk and restores a steady state. The same can apply to you. Simply reboot.

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Rediscover your Monday smile

Instead of living with increasing stress and your  mind filled with clutter and ‘noise’, it is perfectly possible to wake up again on Mondays with a smile and in control of your life.

Extensive research has revealed proven steps and techniques to help the worn out professional. I have taken the very best of these and created a unique three step reboot programme that fits the working pattern of all busy professionals.

Having this powerful, flexible toolkit readily available has completely changed my outlook and my life. I believe it will change yours, too.

When I recognised what was happening to me I sought practical, realistic answers; solutions that met my needs and fitted into my professional life rather than requiring me to fit in with them. It quickly became clear that most of the available advice was insufficient. Every expert opinion I found was often contradicted by another expert arguing the opposite.

Like many professionals, I enjoy getting to the bottom of things, so I spent literally hundreds of hours and a great deal of money scouring the internet, books and articles. I tested new and innovative ideas and rediscovered older, highly effective strategies that seemed to have got lost in the noise of the new.

Above all I was looking for easy, workable ways to get the result I was after. I had to sift through a large amount of bizarre and frankly loopy information to find the absolute gems that worked to restore my drive and my life.

Regain the bounce you’ve lost

The result is a life-changing three-step programme that is ‘Reboot for the Worn Out Professional’. It will restore your inner knowledge and equip you with tools and techniques that will re-energise and enthuse you at a pace that you completely control. Restore the thrill and excitement of working to high standards, whenever you want to.

As a professional, your mindset is your income – your life. There can be no better way of improving your circumstances than getting your head right.

The impact of being worn out can be massive. It’s not just money you may be losing, but credibility.

Discover

  • A programme to provide you maximum output for minimum input
  • Over 30 powerful ‘Quick Wins’. Potent techniques to generate energy quickly and naturally
  • Techniques to clear the clutter and noise that can be used time and again
  • The fascinating psychology and neurology behind feeling good
  • A unique programme modelled on the way a computer reboots

The value of a proven toolkit

It’s all too easy for clients to lose confidence in you. Once you lose trust in the mind of your clients the cost in time and effort to recover it is enormous. The chances are high you may never regain it. All too often, once your credibility goes, so does the client. Reputational impact is something that terrifies all major organisations with good reason and they spend millions to prevent it happening.

Setting aside the enormous impacts on your health, we all know the cost of feeling and operating below par. What’s your professional rate of pay – $50 an hour? $100? $200? $500? More? The cost of losing a week or more income just because you don’t have the means on hand to turn around a dip can be enormous.

When people get into this desperate state of mind many sign up for personal improvement programmes – sometimes on the other side of the world – at a cost of upwards of $10,000 for a 48 hour pick-me-up that they hope will provide a long-term solution. The reality is they often forget the content within a week of returning to their routine. That’s not unusual – it’s perfectly normal human behaviour. You may have been down this road.

Too many professionals head for therapy. How much is a therapy session nowadays? I looked it up – anywhere between $100 and $300 for one hour. And how many of those sessions will it take to get you back on your feet? Here’s an idea from the Royal College of Psychiatrists website: “if you have individual CBT you will usually meet with a therapist for between 5 and 20, weekly, or fortnightly sessions. Each session will last between 30 and 60 minutes.” That’s a lot of money. And time.

Others will sit and spend hundreds of hours searching the internet, only to discover that the experts seem to contradict each other. They only find that out once they have spent those hours and thousands of dollars in their search. I know. I’ve been there.

In “Reboot for the Worn Out Professional” the hard work has been done for you. My initial motive was to do it for me – to save my life balance, my professionalism…my sanity. The results have been invaluable, life-changing. In only a short time I re-established my balance with clients, friends and family and was back on form. It wasn’t long before colleagues were asking how I’d turned things around. Some had observed my slide and loss of enthusiasm and now noticed my return to energy and equilibrium. They wanted to do this too. Above all, I began to wake up happy on Mondays again. And that’s a priceless feeling.

I have already been asked to consider building a full course around these techniques. The nature of courses is that they are more expensive than a book. A lot more expensive. Over $297 is typical.

For the moment, ‘Reboot for The Worn Out Professional’ remains as a downloadable e-book priced at only £6.59 (US approximately $9.99).

Over the years you have invested a lot of time and effort to get where you are today. Don’t let your feelings power you down when you can harness and control them instead.

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“…Mary is not just a teacher with 19 years of experience but it’s really the quality of her teaching that’s the most important. Mary is well known for being concise, clear and inspirational…”

“Mary Thompson has been a faculty member at California College of Ayurveda and teaching for 19 years. There are very few people in the USA that have the level of teaching experience that Mary Thompson has and Mary is not just a teacher with 19 years of experience but it’s really the quality of her teaching that’s the most important. Mary is well known for being concise, clear and inspirational.

Here at California College of Ayurveda, all the students love Mary, she’s a wonderful teacher, she cares deeply about the material she is teaching, she is impassioned about it and most important thing is that she is living the principles of Ayurveda that helped her tremendously in her life.

I’m very pleased that you have the opportunity to share how it has helped Mary and also how it’ll help you, so many blessing to all of you as you go on your journey with Mary Thompson.”

Dr. Marc Halpern
D.C.,C.A.S.,P.K.S.

President and Founder of the California College of Ayurveda, Co-founder of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Council on Ayurvedic Education, Former Chairman of the National Committee on Ayurvedic Education for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association

…Mary has a way of explaining things that’s down to earth, that’s grounded, shes a real person, she’s a real westerner and she gets this stuff deep inside out and she’s raised a child. That’s who you want to learn Ayurveda from…

“I’m here to give my full endorsement of Marys Thompson. She was my first teacher at the California College of Ayurveda and I spent my whole first year studying Ayurveda with Mary Thompson and I just have to say for many of us this is the path, Ayurveda learning for us is the path for us to open up into the next level of our life and our teachers matter, so to have Mary as your teacher on this path is an honor.

Mary has a way of explaining things that’s down to earth, that’s grounded, shes a real person, she’s a real westerner and she gets this stuff deep inside out and she’s raised a child. That’s who you want to learn Ayurveda from, someone who can live it.”

Cate Stillman-

Entrepreneur, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. Pancha Karma Specialist and Yoga Teacher, Author and Founder of Yogahealer.com, co-host of the Ayurveda Summit

“…Anyone who gets to study with her is genuinely lucky and I would always be grateful to her for every bit of time I’ve gotten with her as her student…”

“I know Mary from studying at the CCA and also from private tutoring with her after my graduation. I could never say enough about Mary’s teaching- she is genuinely my greatest Ayurvedic teacher. She brings so much knowledge to the table and the most powerful thing about her teaching is the ability to really take all these big ideas all these obtuse, theories and ideas and really bring them to the ground and make then understandable and digestible.

And she really brings so much accessibility to this knowledge for people in the now, for people in 2015. She makes it really possible and really easy to blend this ancient knowledge with our modern lives.

There are so many parts of Mary’s teaching that are potent that it’s hard to pick out just a few but another one of many, many of her strengths is her ability to answer questions from so many different angles. She’s never once failed on a question of mine and I had plenty and she would find answers for me. If I wouldn’t understand one way she would try to find another way. She was really committed to my learning and committed to making this knowledge really mine

I would take anything that Mary teaches at any point, I would take things more than once, there’s just truly no greater teacher you can ask for.

Anyone who gets to study with her is genuinely lucky and I would always be grateful to her for every bit of time I’ve gotten with her as her student.”

Carly Beaudin
Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner

WHY MUST EVERY WOMAN,

Watch and Share this Program with other Women?

First and foremost, this education should begin right at the age of transition of a girl to a woman- it is THAT important and fundamental. However, in today’s stressful times, it is all the more important for women of all age groups at any stage of life to learn this about their own bodies, to understand and love themselves better.

When we’re young, hail and hearty on relationships issues, maintaining a slim waistline, saving enough for that dream holiday or competing with people at work and at that age, we have no conversations about what is going to happen to you in a few years, nobody talks about the reality that might take a dark shape for you if you do not act ‘now’. As a woman, education for a deeper understanding of the menstrual cycle and the inevitable menopause, is very important.

Not only it is important for you to know about the phenomenon affecting your body today, it is also imp to know before menopause comes and take adequate steps in good time. And if, you find that symptoms are already interfering in your life, it is all the more helpful for you to turn over the Ayurvedic Leaf and experience relief naturally

A lot of relief can be felt not by pills or artificial medication, but by making diet and lifestyle changes, and not just any changes, but the changes right for you, depending on your Doshic composition

You must take responsibility for yourself, especially when Ayurveda makes it so easy for you- external elements such as pills can only do as much, sometimes not even that. can only do as much, sometimes not even that. An educated approach will give you greater control to prevent and manage symptoms.

Even for men, they must know and understand how doshas affect reproductive cycles as well as how they affect women in particular as this would help deepening relationships and make it easier for you and partner to sail through tough times.

What does this course contain?

PART-1

Introduction To Ayurveda

  • What is Ayurveda?
  • Ayurvedic View of Health & Disease
  • The Trifold Cause of disease
  • The Three Pillars of Health
  • Understanding your Dosha: How you are NOT Vata, Pitta or Kapha!
  • Vata: the Principle of Movement
  • Pitta: the Principle of Transformation
  • Kapha: the Principle of Stability
  • The Doshas and The Causes of Disease
  • The Seven Dhatu: Tissues of the body/sites of disease
    -How they affect your reproductive health and how you can take care of them

PART-2

Applying Ayurvedic principles to female reproductive health
Child Bearing Years~
Menstrual cycle & Fertility

  • 6 Signs of Health in Female Reproductive System
  • Understanding Ayurveda’s view of menses and fertility: DHATU
  • How does Vata,pitta and kapha affect reproductive health?
  • Balanced menstruation and Symptoms of imbalance
  • Factors affecting reproductive health:
    • – Endometrial Lining (RASA Quality of the RASA Dhatu)
    • – The egg (SHUKRA Quality of Shukra Dhatu)
    • – Fats of the Omentum (MEDA Quality of Meda Dhatu)
    • – Hormones
    • – STRESS
  • What you need to know about the endocrine system
  • What are the causes of hormonal imbalance?
  • What can any woman do to better manage her hormone levels?
  • Menstruation- A plan to maintain balance all month long:
    • – PACIFYING VATA
    • – PACIFYING PITTA
    • – PACIFYING KAPHA
  • How to deal with Menstrual symptoms
  • Easing PMS
  • Easing Cramping

PART-3

A natural change of life
THE AYURVEDIC UNDERSTANDING
OF MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS

  • What, exactly, is menopause?
  • What causes menopausal symptoms?
  • Ayurvedic Interpretation of Menopause and Menopausal Symptoms
  • “Resting on our Estrogen”
  • What is peri-menopause?
  • Symptoms of Menopause
  • Menopausal Symptoms: What they indicate and how to address them:
    • -Hot Flashes
    • -Rasa Tea: An Easy tip for Building Rasa Dhatu
    • -Dry Skin & Vaginal Mucosa
    • -Vascular changes
    • -Liver Support
    • -Loss of Tone: Skin & Muscle
    • -Weight Gain
    • – Thinning Hair and Loss of Bone Density
    • – Menopausal symptoms: What they indicate and how to address them:
    • – Anxiety, Headaches, Irregular heartbeat
    • – A plan to regain balance without estrogen
    • – Dinacharya: Daily Routines for Women’s Health
    • – Summary

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Forward Head Posture

YOUR POOR HEAD POSTURE IS MAKING YOU LOOK 10 LBS HEAVIER AND 2 INCHES SHORTER THAN YOU ACTUALLY ARE

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When I personally discovered that I suffered from Forward Head Posture, I was shocked at the impact it had on my health. The number of symptoms I could directly trace back to poor posture was just as shocking.

When your head is pulled forward the additional pressure on your neck, shoulders and back rises dramatically causing serious tissue damage. In fact, every inch your head is thrust forward from its natural position adds another 10 lbs of stress on the neck, shoulders, back and spine.

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Not only does Forward Head Posture give your back that ugly hunch and crouched-over look… it also causes much deeper, serious problems including:

 

  • Constant fatigue and lack of energy
  • Pain in your neck, shoulders or upper, lower and middle back
  • Permanent damage to your joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels & nerves
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Poor sleep or insomnia
  • Arthritis
  • Impaired athletic performance
  • Loss of height by 2 inches
  • Looking 10 lbs fatter than you actually are
  • Affects your hormonal health
  • Noisy mouth breathing, snoring & sleep apnea
  • Early degeneration of your spine
  • Pinched and trapped nerves
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Lack of confidence
  • Blood Flow to the Brain
  • Asthma
  • Decreased lung capacity by up to 30%
  • Harmful affects to vision and hearing
  • Jaw pain and sinus issues
  • Dizziness, vertigo and balance issues
  • Burdens your digestive system

If you’ve suffered any of these without realizing the root problem was Forward Head Posture, you’re not alone.

Forward Head Posture or FHP affects nearly everybody, yet hardly anyone understands the serious long-term physical and mental damage it can cause.

And it’s the most important muscle in your neck that dictates just how strong and healthy our posture and well-being is.

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Executive Summary Sample

Executive Summary for the Week of 16/5/2012 – 23/5/2012

Egypt: Elections

All of the Think Tanks summarized below hold very different viewpoints concerning the same issue, the Egyptian elections; although, there are some statements that hold true throughout all of the think tanks. All believe that this is a very important time for Egypt and that the outcome of this election is very detrimental, possibly even predictive of the future of Egypt. The pieces primarily examine parliament and the role of the Islamists in Egypt. The Brookings Institution conducted a poll that is telling of what Egyptians want and see in their future, which shown alongside the Gallup poll can be disconcerting. The Gallup poll shows a more pessimistic view of the current political climate, whereas The Brookings Institution is more optimistic, this however can be attributed to the types of questions asked, as well as the depth of the questions. Both the Center for American Progress and Washington Institute for Near East Policy examined the role America can play in the transition process. The Center for American Progress, being more progressive, took a centrist approach to reinstating ties with the new Egyptian government; it was also the only report to provide more detailed background knowledge about the candidates. In contrast, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, under the guise of fostering stability, took a very American Exceptionalist approach to the elections, assuming the worst and even regretting the inability for the Obama administration to get involved. The second report from WINEP also indicates concern with the ability of Egyptians to monitor the elections for fairness and vote rigging. The Plofchan report from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, although not the first to talk about the Salafis and The Muslim Brotherhood, it was the first to chronicle, however briefly, the beginnings of the split between the two groups, as well as state some of the differences in beliefs amongst the two. Lastly, the Council on Foreign Relations report was the only report to put a face to a people, speaking of the obstacles Egypt may face and providing a more in depth look at what many Egyptians may be feeling.

Think Tank: Brookings Institution

Topic: Egyptian Elections

Date: 21/5/2012

Author: Shibley Telhami

Type: Report

Title: What Do Egyptians Want? Key Findings from the Egyptian Public Opinion Poll

Address: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2012/05/21-egyptian-election-poll-telhami

The Brookings Institution has conducted a poll surveying the Egyptian public about political preferences, leaders and regional issues, during May 4-10, 2012 in light of the first presidential election. The Brookings Institution places great emphasis on the importance of the inaccuracies of probable predictions, as there is no analytical model of voting behaviour as of yet. Egyptian voters have also shown a difference in criteria by which they judge parliamentary and presidential candidates.

Poll Results:

  • Abul-Fotouh led the polls with 32%, followed by Mousa (28%) then Shafiq (14%), Morsi and Sabahi at (8%).
  • In parliamentary elections, 24% a favoured political party determined their vote, whereas in presidential elections, personal trust is a determining factor for 31%.
  • Christians supported Mousa the most, with 43%, as well as voters outside of cities with 31% of the vote.
  • Abul-Fotouh led among university graduates with 35% and among youth, under age 25, with 36%.
  • 54% believe Turkey to be the model reflection in terms of Islam in politics, followed by Saudi Arabia with 32%
  • A majority of those polled hold very unfavourable views of the U.S., with 68% and 73% support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.
  • 66% of Egyptians support Sharia as the basis of Egyptian law, but 83% believe Sharia should be adapted to modern times.
  • A majority of Egyptians admired the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, with 63%. When asked to include Egyptian leaders, Erdogan fell to 15%, with Sadat at 35% and Abdel Nasser at 26%.
  • Brokering Middle East peace and establishing a Palestinian State ranked highest (66%) in regards improving U.S. favourability, followed by stopping military and economic aid to Israel as 46%.
  • While 55% believe there will be no lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis, 46% would like to maintain the peace treaty with Israel and 44% would like to see it cancelled.
  • The two countries that pose the biggest nuclear threat are Israel (97%) and the U.S. (80%).
  • Egyptians have been in support of the rebels against Assad and the Syrian government, but only 18% wish to see external military interventions, 15% support a Turkish Arab military intervention and 43% wish to see no military intervention.

Think Tank: Center for American Progress

Topic: Egyptian Elections

Date: 23/5/2012

Author: Brian Katulis

Type: Brief

Title: Previewing Egypt’s 2012 Presidential Elections

Address:  http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/05/egypt_elections.h tml/#1

This report by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank dedicated to public policy research, provides a brief description of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, as well as recommendations for the American government to restore and reinforce ties with the new Egyptian government. In addition, the brief lists and describes the presidential candidates.

According to the report, it is believed that “no candidate will receive more than 50% of the vote,” which would lead to run-off elections in mid-June between the two top candidates. By June’s end a new president will be sworn in for a four-year term and military rulers will hand over power to the new government. However, the transition is still incomplete as a new constitution is to be written and their remains questions over:

  • The economy- Candidates have addressed unemployment and inflation, but have yet to address public-sector debt, the currency crisis, and energy and food subsidies.
  • Security, Law and Order- The drafting of the new constitution has been halted due to Egypt’s disunities over the identity of their new political system; ie. The role of Islam in the government and legislation.

The drafting of the constitution is set to take six-months to draft, although it could take longer to get approved and gain public support. The new constitution may also address a checks and balances system, as well as the role of parliament. The role Egypt is to take in the Arab-Israeli conflict and regional security is also a source of debate amongst the candidates.

The report suggests that the American government conduct a “major interagency review of its Egypt policy.” This review will prepare the U.S. administration for dialogue with the new Egyptian administration later this year. The dialogue should consist of:

  • A renegotiation of “basic terms of the relationship.”
  • Enhance bilateral relationship through common interests.
  • “Build a more stable foundation for U.S.-Egyptian bilateral ties.”

Results of these dialogues would redefine ties and include more parts of the Egyptian government that were not included in past years.

Egypt Presidential Candidate Profiles

  • Amr Moussa- He served under the Mubarak regime as Egypt’s Foreign minister, as well as the secretary general of the Arab League. His platform consists of a centrist political strategy. He has been labelled as a remnant of the Mubarak regime. He is known for his anti-Israel and America statements and has campaigned as the “alternative to Islamist candidates.”
  • Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh- His candidacy is opposed by the Muslim Brotherhood. He is an Islamist activist and “would implement Sharia as a formal legal code.” His platforms are “populist economics and “people first” economics.” He served on the Muslim Brotherhoods decision-making council for twenty-two years. He has the support of leaders from the Salafi Nour Party.
  • Ahmad Shafiq- He has served as prime minister, and air force commander under Mubarak, causing him speculation amongst “revolution minded voters.” His platform is to “restore law and order within 30 days of being elected.” Public perception of him has been negative. He is running as an “alternative to Islamist candidates. “
  • Hamdeen Sabbahi- He has nationalist ideologies, basing his campaign on criticism of the U.S. and Israel. He founded social and political organizations and worked as a journalist, in which he was arrested for his “public confrontation” with former President Sadat concerning “rising food prices.” He did not serve under the Mubarak regime and is not an Islamist. He has proposed an alliance with Iran and Turkey and severing ties with Israel and Saudi Arabia.
  • Muhammad Mursi- He is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party Leader. He has served in Egypt’s Parliament and is the Brotherhood’s leading spokesman. He plans to amend the peace treaty with Israel “to create a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and have Israel recognize the “right of return” of Palestinian refugees.”

Think Tank: Council on Foreign Relations

Topic: Egyptian Elections

Date: 21/5/2012

Author: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh

Type: Expert Brief

Title: A New Presidential Authority in Egypt

Address: http://www.cfr.org/egypt/new-presidential-authority-egypt/p28308

This brief takes a more optimistic approach to the Egyptian elections, summarizing the possible obstacles for the newly elected official, obstacles pertaining to religion in politics, and while also providing a look at the voters’ demands and desire for dignity.

While Egypt has witnessed violence, protests and authority turnover in the last sixteen months, it has empowered Egyptians to take part in their political system. Current polls show “a clear majority of Egyptians continue to hold the military in high regard,” although not nearly as many Egyptians “support a military-dominated political system.” The SCAF has been contested by the public for the “Selmi principles,” granting “autonomy from elected civilian officials,” as well as for their “application of the State of Emergency.”

The Muslim Brotherhood votes are split between two candidates, Aboul Fotouh, who was expelled from the Brotherhood, and Morsi, who has been behind in the polls. Despite the parliament being a Brotherhood majority, the Brotherhood is not leading in the presidential polls, possibly due to a Brotherhood announcement against running in the presidential race, that was later followed by Morsi’s presidential bid.

Egyptians demand more accountability of politicians. Although economic strife “helped create an environment of misery,” in years prior to the uprising, “Egyptians were demanding freedom, justice, and dignity when they brought Hosni Mubarak down.”

One thing that may delay the transition process will be the role of Islam in politics. Within that lies the issue of whether the Salafis or the Islamists are to speak for Islam. It is anticipated that whomever wins the election must negotiate between different religious groups. If the organised labour parties can emerge in large-scale, they can be very influential in the economic and social policymaking.

Think Tank: Gallup World via The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Topic: Egyptian Elections

Date: 18/5/2012

Author: Mohamed Younis and Ahmed Younis

Type: Report

Title: Support for Islamists Declines as Egypt’s Election Nears

Address: http://www.gallup.com/poll/154706/Support-Islamists-Declines-Egypt-Election-Nears.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=World

According to the Gallup poll, spanning from July 2011 until April 2012 the Islamists have seen a steady increase, followed by a sharp decline in overall support as well as in the areas of prime minister appointment and constitution drafting.

  • July 2011 saw Muslim Brotherhood support at 17%, steadily increasing and peaking at 63% in February, then sharply declining to 42% in April.
  • In July 2011 Salafi support was at 5%, steadily increasing and peaking at 37% in February, then sharply declining to 25% in April.
  • The Nour Party saw 5% support in July, peaking at 40% in February and declining to 30% in April.
  • The Freedom and Justice Party saw 15% support in July, peaking at 67% in February and declining to 43% in April.
  • In February 2012, 62% of Egyptians felt comfortable with parliament writing the constitution, in April 2012 that percentage fell to 44.
  • In February 2012, 46% of Egyptians believed the party that wins the most seats in the parliament should appoint the prime ministers. Egyptians supporting the newly elected president appointing the prime minister next summer was 27%.
  • In April 2012, 27% of Egyptians believed the party that wins the most seats in the parliament should appoint the prime ministers. Egyptians supporting the newly elected president appointing the prime minister next summer was 44%.
  • In February 2012, 62% of Egyptians thought a parliament influenced by the Brotherhood was a good thing; 27% thought it was a bad thing.
  • In April 2012, 36% of Egyptians thought a parliament influenced by the Brotherhood was a good thing; 47% thought it was a bad thing.

This dissatisfaction can be attributed to the economic decline and bouts of violence. The transition has been twisted by power struggles within parliament, as opposed to reversing “financial decline and working to hold former regime members accountable.”

Think Tank: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Topic: Egyptian Elections

Date: 22/5/2012

Author: Eric Trager

Type: Policy Analysis

Title: Presidential Elections Will Not End Egyptian Instability

Address: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/presidential-elections-will-not-end-egyptian-instability

This WINEP analysis focuses on American interests within the Egyptian elections and states that given the economic situation of Egypt and the lack of clarity in the role of a new president, the elections will not provide stability in Egypt, but could further instability. Trager states that Sabahi is considered a favourite amongst expatriate voters, and while Mousa appears to be leading in the polls, there is no anticipated winner. With 75% of the parliament being Islamists, “ongoing instability has damaged the Islamists’ popularity and raised the profile of former regime candidates,” such as Shafiq, who has sought the votes of former Mubarak supporters.

The analysis concentrates on the shift from an American friendly regime to the current stance of the candidates that express anti-Western platforms, with the exception of Shafiq who is the only candidate who is not anti-Western or pro-Sharia. 

Fair elections will not likely cause stability as the parameters of the role of the newly elected president are undefined, as the new constitution has not been drafted. The proposals to allow the SCAF “to retain absolute powers in reviewing its internal affairs, including its budget,” and the ability of the president’s power to dissolve parliament, are likely to “ignite a severe confrontation between the military and the Islamists.”

The Obama administration has not declared support for any candidate. Washington should insist the SCAF conduct the elections fairly and to “follow a credible constitutional process,” otherwise mass protests could occur. Such protests could suppress stability restoration. Concerned that Islamists may play a role in an uprising against the SCAF, Washington should “use its $1.3 billion in military aid as leverage,” to ensure proper SCAF administration.

Think Tank: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Topic: Egyptian Elections

Date: 22/5/2012

Author: David Schenker

Type: Policy Analysis

Title: Egyptian Elections: Beyond Winning

Address: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/egyptian-elections-beyond-winning

This policy analysis of the Egyptian elections by WINEP, often criticised for being pro-Israel, discusses the credibility and speculation surrounding the actual voting process in Egypt. Concern is raised over an Islamist sweep within the new government, as Islamists are the majority of the new parliament. WINEP believes that regardless of the election process, a group of Egyptians may not accept the results if their candidate does not win.

Egyptians have been to the voting polls four times in fifteen months, causing concern that Egyptians may be losing their enthusiasm to vote. The constitutional referendum in March 2011 saw 41.2% of eligible voters vote, but Shura Council elections in January and February 2012 saw only 6.5% of voters in the first round and 12.2% voters in the second. About 54% of voters cast their ballots for the People’s Assembly elections. The high turn out rate is thought to be because some Egyptians believed the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces would fine them for not voting. The threat of SCAF imposing an “interim constitution” could discourage voters or encourage voters to vote.

The Carter Center, the only American based democracy promotion organisation currently in Egypt  “will not be allowed to observe any single polling station for more than thirty minutes.” Thousands of Egyptians have volunteered to monitor the polling stations.

WINEP believes that in the event Shafiq or Mousa win, there may be “claims of SCAF fraud,” accompanied by mass protests. The key to stabilizing Egypt is in the credibility of the voting process.

Think Tank: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Topic: Egyptian Elections

Date: 16/5/2012

Author: Thomas K. Plofchan III

Type: Report

Title: Egypt’s Islamists: A Growing Divide

Address: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/islamists/egypt’s-islamists-growing-divide

This report chronicles and examines the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi rivalry from the fall of Hosni Mubarak until more recently into the elections. The two organisations originally held similar positions on issues after the fall of Mubarak, although began to divide mid-2011.

Three Salafi organisations, The Nour Party, being the biggest, joined the Brotherhood led Democratic Alliance that soon dissolved afterwards. The Salafis then formed the Islamic Bloc that won approximately 27% of the parliament vote, despite political inexperience. “The Nour Party won 111 of the 508 parliamentary seats, making it the second largest part in the People’s Assembly, the lower house of parliament.” The Brotherhood won 40% of the vote. Both parties have stated little interest in forming an Islamist alliance in the parliament.

The media has recently depicted the Brotherhood in a negative light due to entering the presidential candidacy after stating they wouldn’t. The Salafi party supports Aboul Fotouh, an expelled Brotherhood leader, while the Brotherhood’s Morsi is behind in the polls.

Salafis “oppose the use of alcohol and exposure of women’s bodies,” in regards to tourism standards; The Nour Party encourages cultural tourism contrasting to resort tourism and the Brotherhood “have distinguished between Egyptians and foreigners traveling in the country.” The biggest contrast deals with the role of Sharia in the new political system. The Brotherhood supports the principles of Sharia in legislation, whereas the Salafis support Sharia judgment.

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Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear cases attacking birth control coverage (again) — and women’s health is at risk!

Remember Burwell v. Hobby Lobby?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some bosses can deny their employees coverage for birth control. It was a deeply troubling ruling that undermined women’s health and took our country backward.

Well, it’s time for another round in this fight!

That’s right. The Court just announced it will hear seven consolidated cases, again attacking birth control and putting access to contraceptive coverage at risk for even more women.

And it’s a painful reminder that women’s reproductive health care is under siege in this country.

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Extremists are launching relentless and dangerous attacks on women’s access to reproductive health care … in the courts, in Congress and in the states.

The threats are very real — and really dangerous. Over the next weeks and months, we expect …

  • A case from Texas headed to the Supreme Court, with the fate of many reproductive health clinics hanging in the balance,
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  • More congressional committees conducting baseless investigations of abortion providers, and
  • Extremists plotting to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Law Enforcement, Narcotics, Anti-corruption: Security Turbulences to World Order: Bringing our Humanity and Planet Back Into Balance

 

Law Enforcement, Narcotics, Anti-corruption: Security Turbulences to World Order: Bringing our Humanity and Planet Back Into Balance

02/27/2015 07:53 AM EST

Security Turbulences to World Order: Bringing our Humanity and Planet Back Into Balance

Remarks

David M. Luna
Senior Director for Anticrime Programs, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Florida International Summit

Orlando, FL

February 26, 2015

Good morning.

It is an honor to be here to speak and participate at this year’s Florida International Summit (FIS).

Let me thank Florida State University and the University of Central Florida (UCF) for their kind invitation and for their leadership in organizing this excellent conference. I would also like to applaud UCF’s Global Perspectives Office for its pioneering research and projects including its Diplomacy Program, which has grown out of a strong partnership with the State Department over the years.

It is these types of partnerships which help the United States to sharpen its foreign policy by drawing on scholarly research, exchanges, and other diplomacy “labs.”

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I would also like to thank all of the speakers and participants for making the commitment to be here and for being a part of this year’s 2015 FIS.

Amplifying on this year’s theme, I will focus on some of today’s global threats including the unholy trinity of transnational terrorism, crime, and corruption.

I hope that I can also perhaps inspire further thinking among esteemed policy, academic and research communities on the impact of these transnational threats to human security and development.

Violent Extremism and Agents of Mass Destruction

Ladies and gentlemen, we continue to live in a dangerous time of insecurity and instability.

The United States faces serious threats to our national security, from the brutality and violent extremism that we are seeing in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Libya, and other hot spots of conflict, to deadly pandemics such as the Ebola virus, to the destructive consequences of climate change, and of course, cybercrime and the harms caused by transnational crime and corruption.

Across the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Asia and Europe alike, these grave threats will continue to imperil our collective security, national interests, enduring values, and hamper a sustainable agenda of economic growth and shared prosperity.

What happens in remote places like Iraq and Syria has direct consequences not only to our interests in certain parts of the world, but equally, to our homeland, and those of our allies.

The “reign of terror” and criminal acts of ISIL, and the complicit foreign fighters that have joined arms with them, are inhumane and reprehensible.

From their horrific crimes against innocent women and children, obliterating communities and holy sites, to committing mass atrocities such as beheadings, crucifixions, rapes, burning people alive, and other heinous acts, ISIL endangers the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as our allies in other regions.

A merciless, ideologically-driven terrorist organization bent on creating an Islamic caliphate, ISIL is a psychopathic threat network that exports hatred and terror, and exploits profitable opportunities to further its ideological goals, twisting the Koran to justify its mayhem.

Recently, it has been reported that ISIL is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, and Libya, raising the prospect of a broader regional caliphate of radicalism.

ISIL is nothing more than a criminal organization. Using fear, threats, and attacks, ISIL extorts money from local businesses and traders, and loots banks and households alike. Working through long-established regional smuggling networks, ISIL transports stolen oil across regional borders, continues to net several millions of dollars a month through black-market oil sales.

ISIL procures funding from illegal taxation and trafficking in persons, counterfeits, antiquities, and cigarettes. These illicit sources of financing allow extremist groups to diversify their revenue streams in order to carry out their horrific attacks.

In the African continent, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and other terrorist groups in other regions such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, are similarly using mass fear and destructive violence to inflict horrors on local populations.

Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, and Libya also remain locked in conflict, upheaval and chaos.

Hatred and violent extremism are also being exported from these battlegrounds to main streets in other parts of the world.

As witnessed in recent months, ISIL-inspired so-called “lone-wolves” or foreign fighters returning back to their home countries have carried on further jihadist campaigns in the streets of Paris, Ottawa, Copenhagen, Sydney, London, and others.

The 2015 National Security Strategy that was released earlier this month by the White House clearly states that the United States will continue working with committed partners on countering the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into Iraq and Syria, and other regions of conflict.

And as President Barack Obama underscored last week at his White House Summit to Combat Violent Extremism, we must also counter their extreme and dangerous ideologies that radicalize and recruit to violence young people around the world.

President Obama also called upon governments to come to the United Nations this Fall with concrete steps that the international community can take together and to “confront squarely and honestly the twisted ideologies” that terrorist groups, and others, use to incite people to violence.

The United States will also work to press for greater cooperation on information sharing, border security, law enforcement, capacity-building, counter-messaging, countering violent extremism, and terrorist financing.

It is fair to anticipate that all regions of the world will continue to have to deal with terrorism, radicalism, and violence and related security threats for years to come.

Moreover, in a world of threat convergence, societies and communities will also have to grapple with cross-border threats such as transnational organized crime.

What happens in Africa or the Middle East has ripple effects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Before I get to other dirty entanglements – crime and corruption – I want to highlight the growing concerns and realities associated with the kidnapping, physical abuse, and manipulation and socialization of children to violence by terrorists.

We must continue to curb these criminal practices and stop terrorists from enslaving children or forcing them to become child soldiers and suicide bombers.

Crime-Terror Convergence: Mass Atrocities

Unfortunately, some organized criminals and illicit networks have long used terrorist tactics and have demonstrated an equal thirst for violent extremism.

In recent years, across Mexico and Central America, for example, valleys, drug corridors, and barrios have become the trenches in which Latin American cartels and gangs fight each other for control of lucrative routes, territories, and markets.

In fact, the excesses of these cartels and gangs including Los Zetas, Sinaloa cartel, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), and others, in many cases exceeds those of ISIL and other terrorist groups in terms of beheadings, tortures, mutilations, acid body burnings, and disemboweled corpses that are displayed openly in public places to terrorize communities, and which are glorified on the internet.

In the past decade alone, hundreds of thousands of civilians have lost their lives through mass atrocities by terrorists, criminals and corrupt ruling elite to retain control of power or markets, or to advance a political agenda.

These criminals need to be dealt with decisively and prosecuted for their crimes.

“Dirty Entanglements” Across the Global Threat Environment

In today’s threat environment, terrorists and transnational criminal organizations are increasingly learning from one another’s sophisticated tactics to raise funds; to move people, illicit arms, and other contraband; and to spread the fear that is a critical source of their power and to use it to further expand their reach.

Looking at the effect of organized crime in a globalized world, the reality is such that criminal and illicit networks have in fact expanded their tentacles to all parts of the world, corrupting public and market-based institutions alike.

They know no borders. They do not respect the rule of law, and mete out their own brand of justice.

Their activities threaten not only the interdependent commercial, transportation, and transactional systems that facilitate free trade and the movement of people throughout the global economy, but are jeopardizing economic development, security, and supply chain integrity.

In this global illicit marketplace, organized criminals are truly multinational enterprises establishing a presence in new markets across every region of the world, linking and consummating business deals with one another.

For example, Latin American cartels are doing business with Asian triads; Eurasian mafias are colluding with Middle East syndicates; and so on.

Their individual and cross-group, cross-border criminal activities are putting legitimate businesses, government institutions, consumers, and citizens at risk.

Their penetration of state institutions and financial and security sectors is particularly alarming, especially in some parts of the world where the illicit economy is the only economy. In some instances, the state itself has been captured by criminals.

Moreover, the illicit-licit commingling of blood money is of equal concern as criminals reinvest their profits derived from illicit activities across banking, real estate, tourism, fashion, and the arts, sports, and entertainment industries.

This darker side of globalization is thus thriving with hundreds of billions of dollars in illicit commerce that includes narcotics trafficking, wildlife trafficking, human trafficking, illegal logging, counterfeit consumer goods and medications, stolen antiquities and art, and other illicit enterprises.

It is a network of shadowy markets in which illegal arms brokers and narcotics kingpins act as the new CEOs and venture capitalists.

Just to give you a snapshot of the breadth and scale of these illicit markets, according to some estimates by various international organizations, the illegal economy accounts for eight to 15 percent of world GDP, and in many parts of the developing world, it may account for higher percentages in their economies.

Even if imprecise, the estimated annual costs and revenues generated by transnational illicit networks and organized crime groups are staggering:

  • Bribery and Money Laundering: At least $1 trillion for each crime
  • Narcotics Trafficking: $750 billion to $1 trillion
  • Counterfeited and Pirated Products: $500 billion
  • Environmental Crime (illegal wildlife trade, logging, trade in CFCs, and toxic waste dumping): $20 to $40 billion
  • Human Trafficking: 20.9 million victims globally, $32 billion annually
  • Credit Card Fraud: $10 to $12 billion

Simply put, illicit trade is a barrier to economic growth, and a global threat to sustainable development.

As societies grapple with insecurity and instability, crime and corruption further decay any remaining sustainable pillars for development when governments cannot afford to provide vital public security and law enforcement because revenue streams from legitimate commerce are being siphoned away by corrupt officials, smugglers, and criminals.

Countries are also losing their human capital and economic potential when young men, women, and children are kidnapped, trafficked, exploited, or even murdered by a web of criminality and corruption.

North Korea, for example, as reported last week in the New York Times is now exporting its human capital, tens of thousands of its citizens, to places in Russia, China, and across Africa and the Middle East to toil in factories, logging camps, military tunnels, construction sites, and fishing boats, sending earnings in hard currency back to its coffers in Pyongyang.

Cartels and Gangs Fuel Greater Insecurity and Instability in the Americas

Let’s us examine our own hemisphere to comprehend more vividly how drug trafficking and violent criminal networks are decimating communities – from the United States, Canada and Mexico to Central America, South America, to the Caribbean.

It is true that sustained pressure by Mexican security forces in recent years has forced the cartels to push their operations into Central America and the Caribbean.

Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are now suffering a staggering increase in drug trafficking and crime, as are island countries of the Caribbean such as Haiti, Jamaica and Dominican Republic. In fact, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), some of the world’s highest homicide rates are found in countries in the Western Hemisphere.

But let me be clear. Drug trafficking remains a major threat to the United States and cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines remain lucrative markets that are sustaining the bloody warfare among various trafficking organizations and contributing to the instability in the region, as well as in West Africa, and conflict zones like Afghanistan.

Illicit trade also brings negative externalities to the economies it affects, including corruption, illicit financial flows, depleted government revenues from taxes and customs, decreased foreign investment, decreased tourism, and slow economic growth.

The United States needs to do its part, and we will.

We must continue reducing the demand for drugs on this side of the border, and we accept our responsibility for that.

Too many Americans are the consumers of drugs that transit Mexico and Central America, and that trade will exist as long as there is demand.

We need to do more to cut that demand.

To support our partners in the region, the United States is providing technical assistance and expertise through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), Mérida Initiative, INL’s bilateral Colombian program, and Caribbean Basin Security Initiatives (CBSI), including training programs and initiatives that are aimed at protecting citizens and strengthening the institutions responsible for ensuring citizen safety.

Specific U.S. foreign assistance funding is also being provided in the areas of maritime security, law enforcement, information sharing, border and migration control, transnational crime, and criminal justice.

Other programs seek to increase regional cooperation of our Central American and Caribbean partners to share law enforcement data, including ballistics imaging, airport passenger manifests, and fingerprinting, through software and training.

Technical assistance will also increase the ability of our partners to combat financial crimes and money laundering, while equipment and training for law enforcement personnel target narcotics trafficking on land and sea.

These efforts seek to strengthen national and regional security systems throughout the hemisphere before the threats of illicit trafficking and transnational crime worsen.

More globally, new threats and new forms of crime like cybercrime will become even more challenging in the years to come.

Cyber criminals today via both the open and dark webs, are conducting an array of profitable illicit enterprises involving narcotics, on-line child pornography, prostitution, money laundering and illicit uses of virtual currencies, financial fraud, identity and data theft, extortion and blackmail, and for a price, contract killings and assassinations.

Computer hacking, network exploitation, and disruption activities such as denial-of-service attacks make the news on an almost daily basis.

Through public-private partnerships with industry and businesses, we are leveraging our capabilities and technologies to identify, analyze, and counter these threats.

We are addressing vulnerabilities associated with cybercrime and security and mitigating and responding to these threats including through the new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center the President announced earlier this month.

Our Current Ecological Footprint: Excessive Consumption and Pillaging of Natural Resources, Insecurity and Competition

Given these excesses and the costs of terrorism, crime and corruption, it is no wonder that as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, and other luminaries have aptly observed over the past year, the “world is a mess”.

Moreover, if we factor in issues like pandemics, climate change, and the fact that we are poaching endangered wildlife, destroying vital ecosystems, and extracting critical resources at a rate of consumption that is not sustainable, our global security remains uncertain.

We are on the brink of not only the extinction of endangered flora and fauna, but on a trajectory that will fuel greater insecurity and instability as societies fight with one another for even scarcer resources including food and water.

According to a 2014 Living Planet report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), over the past 40 years, populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped by 52 percent.

The poaching of iconic animals such as rhinoceros, elephants, tigers, gorillas, orangutans, and pangolins, have left these species very close to extinction.

For example, an insatiable demand for the rhino’s horn, prized in Asia for traditional medicinal purposes – due to an un-founded belief that it cures cancer, increases libido, or serves as an all-purpose health tonic for other ailments and hangovers – have decimated the population across Africa and Asia. On the streets in Southeast Asia, a rhino horn can sell for $65,000 (U.S.) a kilogram, making it more valuable than gold.

The scourge of wildlife trafficking also encompasses trafficking of fisheries products and related threats to food supplies and food security.

It is well-established that wildlife trafficking is facilitated and exacerbated by illegal harvest and trade of plants and trees, which destroys needed habitat and vital ecosystems.

The illicit trade in timber and marine resources constitutes a multi-billion dollar industry annually, endangers the environment, and contributes to expanding the global illegal economy, thus weakening the rule of law around the world through corruption.

This why on some of the global initiatives that I help lead in the G-7 Roma-Lyon Experts’ Group on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, OECD Task Force on Charting Illicit Trade and APEC Pathfinder’s Partnerships for Sustainable Security related to the filthy lucre associated with endangered wildlife, rainforests and illegal logging, and illicit fisheries, the United States has put the issue of corruption front and center in our international efforts to combat environmental crimes and illicit trade.

In implementing the President’s National Strategy on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, the U.S. Department of State is helping to support our law enforcement and international partners in combating corruption and the criminal networks slaughtering our endangered species.

Many of these illicit actors are networks are using weapons of war – assault rifles, silencers, night vision equipment, and helicopters – to profit from the black market sale of wildlife products. There too has been an increase in reports of terrorist groups financing their activities by the poaching and trafficking of wildlife.

On national security and climate change, as outlined in his 2014 testimony to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the 2014 Global Threat Assessment, James Clapper, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), indicated that competition and scarcity involving natural resources—food, water, minerals, and energy—are growing security threats:

More and more countries are becoming vulnerable to natural resource shocks that degrade economic development, frustrate attempts to democratize, raise the risk of regime-threatening instability, and aggravate regional tensions. Extreme weather events (floods, droughts, heat waves) will increasingly disrupt food and energy markets, exacerbating state weakness, forcing human migrations, and triggering riots, civil disobedience, and vandalism. Criminal or terrorist elements can exploit any of these weaknesses to conduct illicit activity and/or recruitment and training.

Make no mistake, climate change is very real.

It is here now and is a threat to our national security, and will continue to contribute to global insecurity and instability due to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic food and water.

As many communities across the United States have experienced already, increased sea levels and storm surges are threatening coastal regions, infrastructure, and real property.

The World Is a Mess: Let’s Fix it Together

In this ever-changing world, terrorism, crime, corruption, climate change, catastrophic natural disasters and other threats will continue to imperil our humanity and planet alike.

We need to adopt smarter, more proactive approaches to global security, market forces, natural disasters, and yes, we need a strong moral courage to take the fight directly to today’s threat networks.

If we do not act, transnational threats will continue to imperil our communities, economies, and ways of life.

We must build a network of networks and a community of responsible governments, businesses, and civil society organizations, working together to build market resiliency, safeguard government integrity, and to protect our citizens and our common security.

In addition to the 2015 National Security Strategy, there are many other strategic US security frameworks and strategies on the array of global threats that concern issues from WMD illicit trafficking to terrorism and cybersecurity.

On countering the convergence of illicit threats a national security priority, in 2011, the White House released the Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime: Addressing Converging Threats to National Security, which aims to protect Americans and citizens of partner nations from violence and exploitation at the hands of transnational criminal networks.

The United States is committed to strengthen and sustain our resolve and capabilities to protect the homeland and break the corruptive power of transnational criminal networks, and sever state-crime alliances.

The United States and its partners recognize the importance of net-centric partnerships to confront converging threats and the lethal nexus of organized crime, corruption, and terrorism along global illicit pathways and financial hubs.

In support of the TOC Strategy, the U.S. Congress established the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program in order to assist efforts to dismantle transnational criminal organizations and bring their leaders and members to justice.

The new program complements the Narcotics Rewards Program by offering rewards up to $5 million for information on significant transnational criminal organizations involved in activities beyond drug trafficking, such as cybercrime, human trafficking, money laundering, maritime piracy, and trafficking in arms, counterfeits, endangered wildlife, and other illicit goods.

Moving forward, the United States will continue to build collaborative partnerships and knowledge-based platforms with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank, the G7/G20, INTERPOL, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), World Customs Organization (WCO), the European Union (EU), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Organization of American States (OAS), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), African Union (AU), and other inter-governmental, multilateral and regional bodies.

To thwart the types of threats that I have discussing this morning, we need to leverage a whole-of-government approach and better coordinate all instruments of our national power – diplomacy, military, economic, intelligence, law enforcement, and other tools – if we are to disrupt and dismantle today’s threat networks.

Finally, let me also take a moment to honor all of our proud men and women, civilian and military, who are serving, or have served, their country and those patriots who give their lives for our country to courageously advance our democratic values and ideals including to end tyranny, combat terrorism and violent crime, promote freedom and the rule of law, and safeguard our security.

To all of our troops including our colleagues down the I-4 corridor in Tampa at the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), where I will visit tomorrow, thank you for faithfully defending our country.

Moving Forward: Sustainable American Leadership and World Order

In closing, at a time when global risks are growing and converging, the international community must come together to better understand the current and future threats and turbulences of our world.

We must be clear-eyed about these and other challenges. We must recognize that the United States has a unique capability to mobilize and lead the international community to meet them.

And while so much is asked of the United States in these dangerous times, other partners must also step up and become more responsible partners towards safeguarding our shared security and defend our common humanity including our Arab nation partners, the EU, China, Mexico, India, international organizations, the private sector, and many, many others.

Because threat networks such as ISIL or drug cartels will not simply stand still until others decide whether or not to defend their own interests and join a coalition of the willing.

As our adversaries continue to engage in violent extremism and criminality, we must march forward together to confront the threats wrought on our communities and anticipate tomorrow’s challenges recognizing that the real threat centers in their convergence, and are in fact, inter-connected.

We must deter and defeat any adversary that imperils our shared security and confront them with our strength, just cause, and joint resolve.

When nations work together across borders and sectors as partners, humanitarians, and agents of positive change, catalyzing and collective action can defeat today’s agents of mass destruction and secure an enduring global peace.

I firmly believe that we must leave this world a little better than what we inherited – a cleaner environment, safer communities, and more prosperous societies, and help to rebalance our humanity and planet for our posterity and sustainable futures.

Thank you.

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