Kim Thachuk is a senior fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy in the National Defense University. She is currently the assistant director of the Transformation Short Course Program, where she conducts research, develops curriculum, and teaches. Her courses cover force transformation and the utility of network centric operations in coping with transnational threats such as terrorism and insurgency.
Thachuk’s research focuses mainly on transnational threats to national security, including organized crime and terrorism; drug, human, and arms trafficking; alien smuggling and smuggling of weapons of mass destruction; cyber threats; and health and environmental threats. She specializes in homeland security as well as Latin American issues, with a particular emphasis on Colombia.
Formerly, Thachuk was a visiting professor in the Security Policy Studies Program of the Elliott School at The George Washington University where she directed the Transnational Threats Concentration. Before that, she was a senior research fellow and deputy director of the Globalization Project at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, the National Defense University.
Thachuk holds a multidisciplinary PhD in criminology, political science, and Latin American studies from Simon Fraser University in Canada. She is the author of a number of recent publications, including “Hijacked by Villains: Corruption and International Security,” “The EU-US Relationship: Muddied or Just Muddled?,” “Transnational Threats: Falling Through the Cracks?,” “Terrorism’s Financial Lifeline: Can it Be Severed?,” and "The Problem of Eradicating Corruption from the Judiciary." Thachuk is currently compiling an edited volume on the subject of trafficking and smuggling.