Alumna Liana Reyes to Present Paper at the Global Studies Conference

Liana Eustacia ReyesFIU Law alumna Liana Eustacia Reyes, will present her paper, Central Asia’s Northern Route: Globalization, Instability, and an Emerging Drug Trafficking Reality, at the 2012 Global Studies Conference, held at Moscow State University. The conference is June 20 through June 22 and will address a range of critically important ideas relating to globalization in the world today, as well as focusing on a special theme – Eurasia and Globalization: Complexity and Global Studies.

In the paper, Liana Reyes states, “Central Asia’s Northern Route, once known for its trade of commodities such as spices and silk, is now a major heroin trafficking route. Ethnic tribes, narco-traffickers, insurgents and terror organizations that have traditionally maintained separate objectives and tactics, have been showing convergence along this expanding and lucrative heroin market. In addition to illicit opiates, the route is also the supplying chain of precursor chemicals between Afghanistan, Russia and China. This paper will investigate how the increased efficiency of communication, transportation technology, and trade brought forth by globalization, as well as the sheer need for funding, has provided such groups an opportunity to merge into one interconnected web of extremism, violence, and drug trafficking. The paper will also explore how such groups exploit and contribute to the instability of the region while also piggy-backing on the region’s development. Given the dire consequences of this developing interdependence among such non-state actors for Central Asia’s stability, the paper will consider the security interests of relevant powers such as the United States, Russia and the EU, as well as more proximate regional organizations such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and member states.”

Ms. Reyes is a graduate student at Florida International University’s (FIU) School of International and Public Affairs. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Global Governance as well as a Graduate Certificate in National Security Studies. Ms. Reyes has a Juris Doctor from FIU’s College of Law, a Certificate in Global Arbitration from Hamline University’s School of Law (in conjunction with the University of London Queen Mary School of International Arbitration), and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of West Florida. Her research focuses on international law and policy, international political economy, and non-traditional security studies including narco-trafficking and securitization.

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