Due to the escalating violence of Mexico's drug war, the Mexican drug cartels are considered the "greatest organized crime threat to the United States" according to a report issued by the United States Department of Justice. In less than one and a half decades West Africa has become a major transit and re-packaging hub for cocaine and heroin flowing from the Latin American and Asian producing areas to European markets. The Center on International Cooperation is focused on the topic of organized crime and its destructive effects on various state fuctions and rule of law. CIC has organized inter-regional dialogues to assess the links between organized crime and political/state actors. CIC also brought together investigative journalists, politicians, researchers and analysts from West and Southern Africa and Latin America to foster a dialogue between regions struggling to cope with and respond to the growing phenomenon of transnational organized crime and the impact it is having on peacebuilding and statebuilding.