The Politics of Narcotic Drugs brings together leading experts on the drugs trade to provide an accessible yet detailed analysis of the multiple challenges that the contemporary trade in narcotic drugs and its prohibition pose, from the local to the international community.
Through the use of country and regional case studies that include Afghanistan, Mexico, Colombia and the Middle East, the drivers of the drugs trade and the security and development dilemmas created by the prohibition of narcotic substances are explored. Contributions that assess the international drug control regime, British anti-drug enforcement organizations, 'narcoterrorism' and options for drug policy reform engage readers in current debates and the narrative frameworks that shape discussion of the drugs issue. The book is an invaluable guide to the dynamic and far-reaching issue of narcotic drugs and the impact of their prohibition on our countries and communities.
The chapters are followed by an A-Z glossary of key terms, issues and organizations, and a section of maps and statistics.
Levels of Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan, David Mansfield and Adam Pain
The Middle East and Illicit Drugs: A Forgotten Region? Philip Robins
The White Economy: Drugs, Poverty and Violent Conflict in Colombia, Jennifer Schirmer
A Tale of Two Countries: Drugs, Guns, Violence and the US-Mexico Border, Laurie Freeman
Understanding UK Drugs Policy: SOCA and the Enigma of Enforcement, Martin Elvins
The Politics of Drug Prohibition, Sue Pryce
Beyond `Narcoterrorism’: Illicit Drug Business and Terrorist Tactics in Armed Conflicts, Ekaterina Stepanova
The Principles for Rational Drug Policy Making, Steve Rolles
Drugs and Wellbeing: Prohibition’s Negative Impacts, Emily Crick
A – Z GLOSSARY
by Julia Buxton, including entries on issues, organizations, countries involved, and explanations of narcotic drugs
MAPS AND TABLES
including maps showing areas of cultivation, and tables showing production and trade in narcotic drugs