The Latin American drug trade has become one of the major problem confronting the United States in the late twentieth century. The key dynamic of that trade is cocaine, which is primarily produced in the Andean nations of Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru. The cocaine trade's influence, however, has spread outwards into other Andean states--Chile, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Moreover, countries on the Andean periphery, such as Panama, have become enmeshed in the trade as transit points and money-laundering centers. This book examines the cocaine trade in the Andean states and Panama with a special emphasis given to the relationship between cocaine and power, or stated in another fashion: what are the linkages between the political and economic power of those in the cocaine trade, the narcotraficantes, and the governments in the region? Important parts of this issue are the "drug-insurgency nexus" and the significance of the debt crisis. Although the book concentrates on the structure of the cocaine industry in the Andean states and Panama, the final chapters offer policy options on how to contend with the problem.MacDonald, Scott B. is the author of 'Mountain High, White Avalanche: Cocaine and Power in the Andean States and Panama, Vol. 137 - Scott B. MacDonald - Paperback' with ISBN 9780275932350 and ISBN 0275932354.