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NCJ Number: 156823 Find in a Library
Title: United States-Colombia Extradition Treaty: Failure of a Security Strategy
Journal: Military Review  Dated:(December 1991)  Pages:69-77
Author(s): A Claudio
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the extradition treaty between the United States and Colombia focuses on how it has changed with each government during the 1980's and what the current Colombian government is doing about the treaty and the drug cartels.
Abstract: The Colombian drug cartels have had a tremendously disruptive influence on the Colombian government and nation. This influence was initiated and sustained by the United States-Colombian Extradition Treaty of 1979 and has been exerted through a systematic campaign of intimidation, kidnapping, and murder against anyone seeking extradition of cartel criminals to the United States. The current Colombian president has changed the country's policy to emphasize its desire to take care of its own internal security problems, although he has been criticized for accepting the terms of the cartels. The flow of drugs into the United States actually increased after the treaty was signs. Thus the treaty's goals of stopping or at least slowing the flow of drugs was not entirely successful. Difficulty in capturing drug criminals slated for extradition, corruption of the judicial system, and narcoterrorism have all resulted in the policy change. However, the flow of narcotics continues to threaten the national security of both countries. It is imperative that they reconcile their differences in prosecuting the war on drugs to ensure a united approach in resolving this mutual problem. Figure, photograph, and 27 references
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Colombia; Drug law enforcement; Extradition; Foreign policies; International agreements; United States of America
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