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U.S. drug policy: shaping relations with Latin America

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Authors
Bond, Robert L.
Subjects
Drug policy
The War on Drugs
alternative drug policy
relations with Latin America
Latin America
U.S. domestic policy
U.S. foreign policy
U.S. drug policy
Latin America drug policy
legalization
decriminalization
harm reduction
policy failure
policy change
future drug policy
change
drug war politics
Washington Office on Latin America
prohibitive policies
U.S. relations with Latin America
drug-producing countries
state drug policy
Advisors
Moran, Daniel
Date of Issue
2014-06
Date
Jun-14
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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Recent state-level changes in drug policy have raised the prospect that similar changes in federal policy may one day follow. Any such changes will have profound effects on U.S. relations with its neighbors to the south. This thesis attempts to analyze the effects of U.S. drug policy on the overall character of U.S. relations with Latin America. U.S. policy and actions have created a pattern of relationships and side effects in Latin America that can help predict how a continuation, or a change, of current U.S. drug policy may alter U.S. relations with Latin America and influence social and political conditions within the major drug-producing countries of the region. This thesis also seeks to explore policy alternatives to curtail drug related crimes and health issues, which current prohibitive policies exacerbate, and outlines steps to help new policies reach actual implementation.
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National Security Affairs
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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