US Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs
Displacing the Cocaine and Heroin Industry
Series: CSS Studies in Security and International Relations
Cornelius Friesendorf, University of Munich, Germany
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.
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
Cornelius Friesendorf is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Munich, where he is writing a book on international efforts against organised crime in Southeast Europe. He also teaches international security at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations and works for the Center for Security Studies (ETH Zurich) as its Geneva Coordinator. His research focuses on illicit non-state activities and counter-strategies
February 2007: 234×156: 240pp
Hb: 978-0-415-41375-6: £65.00