The Politics of Cocaine: How U.S. Foreign Policy Has Created a Thriving Drug Industry in Central and South America [NOOK Book]

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Drawing on declassified documents and painstaking research, this exploration of the economic drug trade of Central and South America fills in historical gaps and provides a new and controversial analysis of a complex and seemingly unsolvable problem. Viewing the problem through the lens of United States policy, the author puts forth the theory that, through the conflation of the Cold War and the war on drugs, the United States helped establish and strengthen the drug trade as the area's economic base. This ...
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The Politics of Cocaine: How U.S. Foreign Policy Has Created a Thriving Drug Industry in Central and South America

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Overview

Drawing on declassified documents and painstaking research, this exploration of the economic drug trade of Central and South America fills in historical gaps and provides a new and controversial analysis of a complex and seemingly unsolvable problem. Viewing the problem through the lens of United States policy, the author puts forth the theory that, through the conflation of the Cold War and the war on drugs, the United States helped establish and strengthen the drug trade as the area's economic base. This authoritative and timely polemic traces the counternarcotics stance of the 1970's through George W. Bush's administration through a wealth of information and unflinching directness, asserting that the drug war will continue with no end in sight.
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Marcy investigates why South American drug trafficking has remained so hardy and lucrative even as the U.S. has spent billions—usually on wrongheaded measures, as he sees it—to combat both production and export. Costly raids and drug seizures have had minimal impact on production and no impact on U.S. consumption, argues Marcy. Furthermore, the U.S.'s obsession with coca crop eradication without any equivalent spending on economic development has kept the coca farmers without a viable market around which to design an alternative industry. But there are no simple solutions, according to Marcy: drug legalization “could spawn more problems than it solves,” and the disparity in power between the U.S. and Latin American nations keeps the “war on drugs” unwinnable. While the prose can be dry, Marcy's connections and conclusions richly reveal how intricately the legitimate and illegal economies are entangled across two continents. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569765616
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,211,698
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

William L. Marcy is an assistant professor of history at St. Martin's University in Washington State.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction U.S. Drug Policy in the Northern Andes and Latin America 1

1 The Growth of the Narcotics Industry in the Northern Andes, 1971-1980 7

2 The Economic Role of Narcotics in Latin America, 1980-1987 29

3 U.S. Narcotics Control Policies in the Northern Andes, 1980-1987 51

4 Reagan, the Drug War, and the Narco-Terrorist Nexus 83

5 Northern Andean Guerrillas, Drug Trafficking, and Cold War Politics 117

6 The Militarization of the Drug War: Bush, Panama, and the Andean Strategy 133

7 The Failure of the Andean Strategy 163

8 Clinton: From the Andean Strategy to Plan Colombia 207

Conclusion U.S. Drug Policy Comes Full Circle 239

Notes 259

Index 349

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