Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty Under Siege / Edition 1

Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty Under Siege / Edition 1

by Ivelaw Griffith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271017198

ISBN-13: 9780271017198

Pub. Date: 07/31/1997

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Drugs and Security in the Caribbean is a comprehensive study of the drug dilemma in the Caribbean that reveals the severity of the threat illegal drug trafficking poses to the small countries of that region.

The illegal drug traffic in the Caribbean is a persistent problem for law enforcement in the United States, but for small countries in that region

Overview

Drugs and Security in the Caribbean is a comprehensive study of the drug dilemma in the Caribbean that reveals the severity of the threat illegal drug trafficking poses to the small countries of that region.

The illegal drug traffic in the Caribbean is a persistent problem for law enforcement in the United States, but for small countries in that region it threatens their very existence. The increase in the production and flow of drugs undermines the political stability and economic development because it leads to crime, corruption, and arms trafficking and affects tourism. And although all these countries, except Cuba, are democracies, the need to commit military and paramilitary forces in the war against drugs can seriously undermine democratic governance in those nations.

Ivelaw Griffith has undertaken the first extensive study of illegal drugs in the Caribbean by examining the nature and scope of drug operations, probing the security implications of those operations and the problems they cause, and assessing countermeasures for dealing with drug traffic and resulting problems. By disclosing the various elements of the drugs-security matrix, Griffith argues that the sovereignty of Caribbean countries is under siege, not only from drug operators but also from other states, owing to the transnational nature of drug trafficking and the inability of most small countries to cope with it. Drugs and Security in the Caribbean makes it clear that there is no simple solution to the drug threat. As long the demand for drugs persists in the United States and Europe, drug trafficking in the Caribbean will be nearly impossible to control.

Included in the book are two appendixes: the first is the 1996 anti-drugs treaty between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago, a model for agreements signed with other countries; the second is a Caribbean Counternarcotics "Who's Who."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271017198
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
07/31/1997
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
ix
List of Figures
xi
Preface and Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations xvii
Introduction: The Siege in Conceptual Context 1(3)
Security Dimensions of Drugs
4(9)
Framework for Analysis
13(10)
PART I: PROBLEMS AND ACTORS 23(92)
Narcotics Production and Consumption-Abuse
25(28)
Drugs and Geography
26(14)
Drug Consumption and Abuse: A Portrait
40(13)
Drug-Trafficking Operations
53(40)
The Caribbean as Vortex
54(8)
Trafficking Patterns and Routes
62(18)
Conveyance and Organization
80(13)
The Money-Laundering Headache
93(22)
Money-Laundering Methods
94(3)
The Caribbean Connection
97(18)
PART II: SECURITY IMPLICATIONS AND COUNTERMEASURES 115(118)
Crime, Justice, and Public Order
117(36)
Criminal Behavior
118(15)
Legislative and Judicial Responses
133(20)
Arms Trafficking, Corruption, and Governance
153(22)
Arms Trafficking
154(5)
Corruption
159(9)
Governance and Sovereignty at Risk
168(7)
Economics and Public Policy
175(22)
Economic Portrait of the Caribbean
176(5)
The Balance Sheet: The Credit Side
181(4)
The Balance Sheet: The Debit Side
185(12)
National, Regional, and International Countermeasures
197(36)
National Countermeasures
198(7)
Regional and International Countermeasures
205(18)
Money-Laundering Countermeasures
223(10)
Conclusion: Prospects for Ending the Siege 233(10)
Critical Considerations
237(3)
Cooperation Challenges
240(3)
Appendix A: Model Caribbean-U.S. Counternarcotics Treaty 243(6)
Appendix B: Caribbean Counternarcotics Who's Who 249(8)
Bibliography 257(28)
Names Index 285(4)
Subject Index 289

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