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NCJ Number: 120765 Find in a Library
Title: White Labyrinth: Cocaine and Political Power
Author(s): R W Lee III
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 263
Sponsoring Agency: Foreign Policy Research Institute
Philadelphia, PA 19104
H. John Heinz Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Transaction Publishers
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88738-285-1
Sale Source: Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-the State University
140 West Ethel Road
Units L-M
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study profiles the South American cocaine industry, describing the industry's economic dimensions, its search for power and legitimacy, its place on the political spectrum, and the challenges it poses to U.S. policy.
Abstract: After a description of the main features of the production-logistics chain for cocaine -- from the cultivation of coca leaves to the export of the finished drug from South America -- the book discusses the impact of the cocaine trade on South American economies. The evolution, composition, and strategies of pro-coca organizations (the coca lobby) in the Andean countries are then discussed. A review of the structure and operation of cocaine trafficking syndicates includes a discussion of how these entities participate in the political systems of the Andean countries. The complex relationship between the cocaine industry and guerrilla organizations in Colombia and Peru is examined, followed by an analysis of the participation of communist regimes (Cuba and Nicaragua) in international drug trafficking. Chapters address the political and bureaucratic determinants of drug law enforcement in the cocaine-exporting countries, recent public debates and institutional alignments on drug policy in these countries, and the dilemmas the United States confronts when attempting to implement antidrug programs in South American source countries. Chapter notes, 156-item selected bibliography, glossary, subject index.
Main Term(s): Cocaine; Drug smuggling
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Economic influences; Political influences; South America
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