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Despite Its Siren Song, High-Value Targeting Doesn’t Fit All: Matching Interdiction Patterns to Specific Narcoterrorism and Organized-Crime Contexts

October 1, 2013, Vanda Felbab-Brown

Vanda Felbab-Brown explains how though interdiction focused on high-value targeting (HVT) has featured key successes in the last decade, the strategy has been ineffective in accomplishing counternarcotics goals in some circumstances. Alternative postures such as middle-level targeting and focused-deterrence, if designed to shape interdiction postures to specific threat patterns, could be more effective policy choices in some cases, she argues.

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