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NCJ Number: 114363 Find in a Library
Title: Colombia and the War on Drugs
Journal: Foreign Affairs  Dated:(1988)  Pages:70-92
Author(s): B M Bagley
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 23
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After reviewing the history of drug trafficking and drug law enforcement in Colombia, this article outlines the options for U.S. cooperation or unilateral action to address the flow of drugs from Colombia for consumption in the United States.
Abstract: The Colombian government has been left to man the front lines of the drug war in its country without the proper resources, training, or equipment. Unreasonable pressures and expectations by the U.S. Government have both frustrated and angered Colombian officials. Options for the United States are to finance a significant buildup of Latin American governments' drug-fighting capabilities, to assume drug enforcement functions in source countries, to support Latin American governments' efforts to provide viable economic alternatives to the drug trade, and to legalize or decriminalize drug consumption. The most promising approach is to combine increased U.S. support to Latin American governments for drug enforcement with efforts at viable economic alternatives to the drug trade. 10 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Colombia; Drug smuggling
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