Us Foreign Policy And the War on Drugs Displacing the Cocaine And Heroin Industry

Us Foreign Policy And the War on Drugs Displacing the Cocaine And Heroin Industry
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415413756
  • ISBN: 0415413753
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: Routledge


Friesendorf, Cornelius


This book explores how US foreign policy has exacerbated the world drugs problem through an analysis of one side-effect of the policy of coercing farmers, traffickers and governments: displacement of the cocaine and heroin industry. This volume thus offers an original theory of drug industry displacement under state pressure and uses IR theory to look at the side-effects of foreign policy. To explain displacement, a causal mechanism is developed and applied to three cases. These case studies examine US anti-drug regimes at different times and in various regions: the destruction of the '¬~French Connection' in the 1970s and its impact on Southeast Asia and Mexico; the shooting-down of suspected trafficking planes over Peru in the 1990s; and the current US-sponsored war in Colombia. While the link between foreign policy and displacement should not be simplified, Cornelius Friesendorf argues that US initiatives have been a major factor behind the global spread of the global drugs industry and calls for a revision of US policy. This book will be of much interest to students of US foreign policy, security studies and International Relations in general. Cornelius Friesendorf holds a Phd in International Relations from the University of Zurich (2005) and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Munich.Friesendorf, Cornelius is the author of 'Us Foreign Policy And the War on Drugs Displacing the Cocaine And Heroin Industry', published 2007 under ISBN 9780415413756 and ISBN 0415413753.

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