Douglas Farah


Douglas Farah is the founder and president of IBI Consultants, LLC, a security consulting firm specializing in field research studying security challenges and transnational organized crime in Latin America. Its clients include the U.S. government, leading think tanks such as CSIS, and the private sector.

From September 2013 to September 2022 Farah was a visiting senior fellow at the Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University, where he led the Western Hemisphere Illicit Network Review project.

Farah frequently guest lectures at universities, briefs senior military and government audiences, and has testified before Congress more than a dozen times. For the two decades before founding IBI Consultants in 2005, Farah worked as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for The Washington Post covering civil wars in Central America, conflict and organized crime in South America, blood diamond and gold wars in West Africa, and radical Islamic finances. He is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed academic studies and two books, Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror and Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible (with Stephen Braun).

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