Preface: On the study of drug trafficking and organized crime networks in Latin America and the Caribbean in the twenty-first century Introduction. drug trafficking and organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean in the twenty-first century: challenges to democracy / Bruce M. Bagley U.S. drug policies at home and abroad Coca, cocaine, and consumption: trends and antitrends / J. Bryan Page Illegal drugs as a national security threat: securitization of drugs in the U.S. official discourse / Yulia Vorobyeva The war on drugs and the role of southcom / Juan Gabriel Tokatlian Mission creep: the U.S. military's counterdrug role in the Americas / Adam Isacson Security challenges at the U.S.-Mexican border: understanding the security threats to state and local governments / Rocío A. Rivera Barradas Drug-control policies in the United States: patterns, prevalence, and problems of drug use in the United States / Bruce M. Bagley Drug trafficking and organized crime: country and regional analyses Colombia Colombia and its wars against drug trafficking, 1970-2010 / Elvira María Restrepo Illicit drugs in the Colombia-U.S. relationship: review and prospects / Arlene B. Tickner and Carolina Cepeda Escalating heroin consumption and the spread of HIV in Colombia: an emerging public health threat / Clyde McCoy, Daniel H. Ciccarone, Zelde Espinel Ben-Amy, Jeanene McCoy Bengoa, Oscar Bernal, Duane C. McBride, and James M. Shultz Bolivia Bolivian drug policy under the Morales Administration / Marten W. Brienen Peru The vicious cycle: the resurgence of drug production and drug trafficking in Peru / Marten W. Brienen and Jonathan D. Rosen Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean In search of the Mrida initiative: from antecedents to practical results / Alberto Lozano-Vázquez and Jorge Rebolledo Flores Police reform in Mexico: a never-ending story / Sigrid Arzt Democracy, security, and organized crime in Central America / Francisco Rojas Aravena Seeking out the state: organized crime, violence, and statetropism in the Caribbean / Lilian Bobea Brazil The power of organized crime in Brazil: from public and social challenges to the effectiveness of reforms / Marcelo Rocha and Silva Zorovich Argentina Under (loose) control: drug trafficking in Argentina in times of paradigm change / Khatchik Derghougassian and Glen Evans Regional and international drug-control policies The role of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission: confronting the problem of illegal drugs in the Americas / Betty Horwitz The strategies of the European Union against drug trafficking / Roberto Domínguez Analytical conclusions: the search for alternative drug policies in the Western Hemisphere / Bruce M. Bagley and Jonathan D. Rosen.
This book seeks to provide a clear picture of recent developments in drug trafficking in the Americas. Through analysis and empirical data, this study shows that the War on Drugs, declared by Reagan in 1982, has been ineffective at best and, at worst, has created major negative consequences for countries throughout the region.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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