US Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs

Displacing the Cocaine and Heroin Industry

By Cornelius Friesendorf

© 2007 – Routledge

256 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book examines the geographic displacement of the illicit drug industry as a side effect of United States foreign policy. To reduce the supply of cocaine and heroin from abroad, the US has relied on coercion against farmers, traffickers and governments, but this has only exacerbated the world's drugs problems.

US Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs develops and applies a causal mechanism to explain the displacement, analyzing US anti-drug initiatives at different times and in various regions. The findings clearly show that American foreign policy has been a major driving force behind the global spread of the illicit drug industry, calling for urgent revision.

This book will be of interest to students of US foreign policy, security studies and international relations in general.

Table of Contents

1. US Drug Policy, Drug Industry Displacement and IR Theory 2. Targeting Turkey and the French Connection 3. Targeting Smugglers Flying over the Andes 4. Targeting the Columbian Drugs Industry 5. Theorizing Drug Industry Displacement and Policy Side Effects 6. Alternatives to the US War on Drugs

About the Series

CSS Studies in Security and International Relations

The CSS Studies in Security and International Relations examines historical and contemporary aspects of security and conflict. The series provides a forum for new research based upon an expanded conception of security and will include monographs by the Center's research staff and associated academic partners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General