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PAUL REXTON KAN is Associate Professor of National Security Studies and the Henry L. Stimson Chair of Military Studies at the US Army War College. He is the author of the books Drugs and Contemporary Warfare and Cartels at War: Mexico’s Drug-Fueled Violence and the Threat to US National Security. He is also the author of numerous articles on the intersection of drug trafficking, crime and modern forms of armed conflict including: “Drugging Babylon: The Illegal Narcotics Trade And Nation-Building in Iraq”; “Criminal Sovereignty: Understanding North Korea’s Illicit International Activities”; and “Cyberwar in the Underworld: Anonymous vs. Los Zetas in Mexico”. His work has been cited in Forbes, and the Christian Science Monitor. In February 2011, he served as the Senior Visiting Counternarcotics Adviser at NATO Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan

  • Mexico's "Narco-Refugees": The Looming Challenge for U.S. National Security

    October 03, 2011

    Authored by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan.
    Due to the ongoing and brutal drug cartel violence that has gripped portions of Mexico, there has been a rise in the number of Mexican nationals seeking political asylum in the United States to escape the ongoing drug cartel violence in their home country. This monograph focuses on the asylum claims of these "narco-refugees" who are unwillingly leaving Mexico, and it reviews the special challenges that these asylum seekers pose to U.S. national security interests and public safety.

  • Criminal Sovereignty: Understanding North Korea's Illicit International Activities

    April 12, 2010

    Authored by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan, Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., Mr. Robert M. Collins.
    North Korea’s criminal conduct—smuggling, trafficking and counterfeiting—is well known, but the portion of the government, Office Number 39, which directs it, is understudied or overlooked. This shadowy part of an already opaque government is examined to reveal how it conducts its activities and supports the longevity of the regime.

  • Drug Intoxicated Irregular Fighters: Complications, Dangers, and Responses

    March 12, 2008

    Authored by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan.
    The presence of drugged fighters is not unknown in the history of warfare. Irregular fighters have found a ready supply of narcotics for a variety of combat purposes. Such consumption has led to unpredictable fighting, the commission of atrocities, and to the prolongation of internal violence.