Dr. Magdalena Defort served as an Intern Analyst at the Foundation of Defense of Democracies and as a Research Fellow at the Center for a Free and Secure Society. She recently completed a master’s degree in National Security at the David Morgan Graduate School of National Security. She previously served as a Scholar in Latin American security issues at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. She holds a Ph.D. from Universidad National Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) and master’s degree from Universytet Wroclawski (Poland). She concluded her post–doctoral study in Instituto de Ciencias Sociales (UNAM). Magdalena is the author of five books and various articles published in scholarly journals. She was previously the director of aninterdisciplinary research group and coordinator of international workshop at the University of Miami. Defort’s research interests include terrorism, drug trafficking, insurgencies, civil-military relations in Latin America and military collaborations in countering the new threats in the Americas.