Dr. Vanessa Neumann is an authority on politics and security in Latin America, as well as on crime-terror pipelines, particularly in the fight against illicit trade and corruption. She is the author of a book on the subject, Blood Profits: How American Consumers unwittingly Fund Terrorists (2017, St. Martin's Press, Macmillan). The edition in Brazilian Portuguese, Lucros de Sangue, was published at the end of November 2018 and was launched with a tour of three cities in Brazil from November 25 to 30. More than 100 national media outlets in Brazil covered the work of Dr. Neumann and her book. Neumann is also co-author of The Many Criminal Heads of the Golden Hydra (for the Counter-Extremism Project, May 2018), an extensive analysis of illicit trade and corruption in the Triple Frontier, which has been covered by more than 75 media outlets (including the Wall Street Journal).
Dr. Neumann served for four years on the Task Force to Combat Illicit Trade (TF-CIT) of the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development). In 2008 and 2009, the Dr. Neumann observed and evaluated the reintegration of Colombian paramilitarie. For this reason, and for her work trajectory (as a consultant) with the US Department of Defense in asymmetric war, Dr. Neumann was the academic reviewer of the teaching manual of the ARIS series of USSOCOM (US Special Operations Command) on counterinsurgency (COIN) in Colombia. She has also worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom in the fight against illicit trafficking and corruption.
She founded and led the anti-corruption and anti-trafficking consultancy Asymmetrica, which is a member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Research Network (GCTRN) of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) of the Council of Counsel Security of the United Nations.
She received his doctorate in moral political philosophy from Columbia University in 2004 for her dissertation, The Autonomy and Legitimacy of States: A Critical Approach to Foreign Intervention.