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NCJ Number: 118323 Find in a Library
Title: Narcos and Politicos: The Politics of Drug Trafficking in Honduras
Journal: Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs  Volume:30  Issue:2 & 3  Dated:special issue (Summer/Fall 1988)  Pages:143-165
Author(s): M B Rosenberg
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 23
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the politics of drug trafficking in Honduras, noting that Honduras has emerged as a cocaine transshipment point between Colombia and the United States.
Abstract: Honduran politics are not yet governed by regulations that prevent the arbitrary exercise of power, and the Honduran political system can thus be understood as the personal struggle to control or influence government through political coalitions. The Honduran public sector is a primary object of power, not so much because of its role in the country's development but rather because it is the mechanism through which private needs can be addressed. Beyond its role as mediator, the Honduran Armed Forces have been in coalition with almost every significant political organization in the country. Political, economic, and social conditions in Honduras are conducive to the country's emergence as a cocaine transshipment route. Drug seizures since 1986 particularly demonstrate the magnitude of the cocaine trafficking problem. The Honduran response to drug transshipment should be understood within two broader contexts, U.S. influence on public policymaking in Honduras and the general approach taken by Honduran officials to corruption. Efforts to reduce Honduras' role in drug trafficking must begin with the military. Ultimately, however, little progress will be made until two conditions are met: (1) civilians must have greater control over national security decisionmaking; and (2) the police force must be expanded under civilian control. 52 references, 3 tables.
Main Term(s): Drug smuggling
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Corruption of public officials; Foreign government officials; Foreign police; Honduras
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