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After the ‘War on Drugs’: Drug-Policy Reform in the Americas


The apparent failure of the ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America has led to calls for a change in strategy. But would this merely prompt organised-crime groups to diversify their activities?

Despite the many successes of the US-led ‘war on drugs’ to date, the illicit drugs trade continues to be one of the primary sources of insecurity across Latin America. As such, proposals for a strategic change of direction – namely, the radical reform of drug policy in the Americas – continue to gain momentum. Yet the planned efforts to reduce the levels of violence and criminality tied to the drugs business could simply displace the problem to other industries as criminal

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Matt Ince

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