by Douglas Farah & Stephen Braun

Former West African Bureau Chief of the Washington Post Douglas Farah and Los Angeles Times National Correspondent Stephen Braun detail how a small circle of U.S. officials and international investigators worked doggedly to shut down Viktor Bout's arms pipelines, only to be trumped by Bout's ingenuity and by their own inability-and, in some cases, unwillingness-to confront the dark side of the new world order.

Stephen Braun

Stephen Braun is a national correspondent based in Washington for the Los Angeles Times. He shared in the Times' 1991 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Los Angeles riots and a 2002 Overseas Press Club international reporting award for "Inside al Qaeda," a series of stories about the rise of the terror group. His reportage has ranged from national politics and investigations to foreign and domestic terrorism, and he has covered many landmark American news stories of the past two decades, including the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and five presidential elections.

A Times national correspondent since 1993, he previously covered the Midwest from Chicago and earlier worked as an editor and staff writer in Los Angeles. He also reported at the Detroit Free Press, Philadelphia Daily News and Baltimore News American, where he was a Pulitzer finalist in 1981. A 1975 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he has written for Foreign Policy, Men's Vogue, Rolling Stone, the Washington Monthly and Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Douglas Farah

Douglas Farah is a national security and terror finance consultant and a frequent guest lecturer to the U.S military and intelligence community. He worked for two decades as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter, mostly for the Washington Post, covering armed conflicts, drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America and West Africa. As West Africa bureau chief of the Washington Post in 2001, he broke the story of al Qaeda's ties to the "blood diamond" trade.

He is the author of "Blood from Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror" (Broadway 2004) and his writings have appeared in The New Republic, Foreign Policy Magazine, Men's Vogue, Mother Jones, The Financial Times, The American Journalism Review, The Washington Post Magazine and other publications. He won the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for a series on death squads in El Salvador and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University for his coverage of Latin America.