The Andean Cocaine Industry

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byPatrick Clawson

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It is commonly known that the Andean nations of Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia are the international centers of cocaine production. But until now, there has been no comprehensive view of this billion dollar industry. Using never-before unearthed information culled from their extensive field research, Patrick Clawson and Rensselaer Lee reveal the configuration of the drug industry, from the original cultivation of coca in the fields of South America to the sale of cocaine on the streets of the United States. The authors analyze the economic and political impact of the drug business on the Andean nations, including such problems as violence and the undermining of legitimate business. Through the ground-breaking work of Clawson and Lee, The Andean Cocaine Industry illuminates one of the most pervasive problems facing the world today.

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Using newly unearthed information culled from extensive field research, Patrick Clawson and Rensselaer Lee navigate the drug industry – from the original cultivation of coca fields in South America to the sale of cocaine on the streets of the United States. The Andean Cocaine Industry explores the economic and political impact of the d...

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It is commonly known that the Andean nations of Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia are the international centers of cocaine production. But until now, there has been no comprehensive view of this billion dollar industry. Using never-before unearthed information culled from their extensive field research, Patrick Clawson and Rensselaer Lee rev...

Patrick Clawson is at the Institute for International Strategic Studies.Rensselaer Lee III is at Global Advisory Services. They have advised government agencies on narcotics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.18 × 5.52 × 0.8 inPublisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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ISBN - 10:0312176910

ISBN - 13:9780312176914

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations * Acknowledgments * Introduction * Part I: The Basics About Cocaine * Cocaine and The Andes * Part II: Cocaine Trafficking * The Medellín and Cali Cartels * The International Dimension: Colombians, Italians, and the European Market * Colombia’s Drug Negotiations * Part III: The Effects of Cocaine on the Andes * Coca and the Alternatives * Cocaine and Colombian Society * Relations with Guerillas * The Costs of the Cocaine Industry to Andean Society * Part IV: What Can Be Done? * Effects of Counternarcotics Efforts in Latin America on US Cocaine Abuse * Where Do We Go From Here? * Appendices * Notes * Select Bibliography * Index

From Our Editors

Using newly unearthed information culled from extensive field research, Patrick Clawson and Rensselaer Lee navigate the drug industry – from the original cultivation of coca fields in South America to the sale of cocaine on the streets of the United States. The Andean Cocaine Industry explores the economic and political impact of the drug business on Andean nations, focusing on the emergence of violence and the undermining of legitimate business.

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"A clear-eyed analysis of the Latin American cocaine business . . ." -- Foreign Affairs