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The Andean Cocaine Industryby Patrick L Clawson
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It is commonly known that the Andean nations of Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia are the international centers of cocaine production. But until now, there has been no comprehensive view of this billion dollar industry. Using never-before unearthed information culled from their extensive field research, Patrick Clawson and Rensselaer Lee reveal the configuration of the drug industry, from the original cultivation of coca in the fields of South America to the sale of cocaine on the streets of the United States. The authors analyze the economic and political impact of the drug business on the Andean nations, including such problems as violence and the undermining of legitimate business. Through the ground-breaking work of Clawson and Lee, The Andean Cocaine Industry illuminates one of the most pervasive problems facing the world today.
A probing look at the flow of cocaine around the globe and its origins in South America.
Using never-before unearthed information culled from extensive field research, the authors here reveal the configuration of the drug industry in South America, from the original cultivation of coca to the sale of cocaine on the streets of the United States--and analyze the economic and political impact of the drug business on the Andean nations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -288) and index.
About the Author
Patrick Clawson is at the Institute for International Strategic Studies.
Rensselaer Lee III is at Global Advisory Services. They have advised government agencies on narcotics.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations * Acknowledgments * Introduction * Part I: The Basics About Cocaine * Cocaine and The Andes * Part II: Cocaine Trafficking * The Medellín and Cali Cartels * The International Dimension: Colombians, Italians, and the European Market * Colombias Drug Negotiations * Part III: The Effects of Cocaine on the Andes * Coca and the Alternatives * Cocaine and Colombian Society * Relations with Guerillas * The Costs of the Cocaine Industry to Andean Society * Part IV: What Can Be Done? * Effects of Counternarcotics Efforts in Latin America on US Cocaine Abuse * Where Do We Go From Here? * Appendices * Notes * Select Bibliography * Index
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