In this episode, hosts Chris and Ken speak to Douglas Farah, President of IBI Consultants. Farah joins the podcast to speak on his recently published report for the William Perry Center on how the Bolivarian Alliance, led by the Nicolás Maduro regime, used legitimate protests in Chile, Colombia and Ecuador to sow chaos in these countries.
Douglas Farah is currently the President of IBI Consultants, a Latin America-focused national security consulting firm, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations. A national security consultant and analyst, in 2004 he worked with the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, studying armed groups and Intelligence reform.
From 1990 to 2004 Farah worked for The Washington Post. He served as staff correspondent for Central America and the Caribbean, international investigative reporter, and West Africa bureau chief. Prior to his time at The Post, he worked as a freelancer writing for the Boston Globe and U.S. News & World Report. He began his journalism career at United Press International, where he was later promoted to UPI bureau chief in El Salvador.
Farah has received multiple awards for his reporting. In 1988 he won the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Foreign Correspondence for a Washington Post series on right-wing death squads in El Salvador; in 1995 was awarded the Maria Moor Cabot Prize by Columbia University for outstanding coverage of Latin America; and in 1997 was honored by John Hopkins University for a Washington Post Magazine article on the Cali cartel.
Farah graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a B.S. in Journalism.