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dc.contributor.advisorLooney, Robert E.
dc.contributor.advisorNieto-Gomez, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T22:35:13Z
dc.date.available2018-08-24T22:35:13Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/59653
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis is twofold: to determine the success of alternative drug policy and to provide a foundation for better assessment of drug policy success in promoting stability. Mexico has the world’s most lucrative drug trafficking corridor. Decades of militarized prohibitionist drug eradication and interdiction have destabilized Mexico and have actually contributed to its favorable drug trafficking environment. However, alternative drug policies may offer a shift from this vicious circle. In light of this, this thesis pursues this question: How do North American alternative drug control policies affect Mexican stability? The problem is complex. I focus particularly on the effects of marijuana legalization and drug decriminalization on Mexican stability. I use an incentives-based systems approach to the actors involved and incorporate the factors of geopolitics, political decentralization, free-market capitalism, and complex interdependence to develop a foundation for a more comprehensive analysis. I find that the Sinaloa cartel has been the most affected by legalization, and that legalization has potentially made organized crime less profitable in general. Alternative drug policies do indeed affect Mexican stability, but the effects vary significantly. The United States and Mexico should focus efforts on developing a model for more comprehensive analysis on complexities of the illicit environment.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/outfromprohibiti1094559653
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis 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.en_US
dc.titleOUT FROM PROHIBITION’S SHADOW: ALTERNATIVE DRUG POLICY AND MEXICAN STABILITYen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorstabilityen_US
dc.subject.authorregional stabilityen_US
dc.subject.authorMexicoen_US
dc.subject.authorcomplex interdependenceen_US
dc.subject.authorinterdependenceen_US
dc.subject.authorstigmergyen_US
dc.subject.authordeviant innovationen_US
dc.subject.authorborder securityen_US
dc.subject.authordrugsen_US
dc.subject.authornarcoticsen_US
dc.subject.authorcounternarcoticsen_US
dc.subject.authorcartelen_US
dc.subject.authordrug trafficking organizationen_US
dc.subject.authorDTOen_US
dc.subject.authorillicit tradeen_US
dc.subject.authorlegalizationen_US
dc.subject.authormarijuanaen_US
dc.subject.authorheroinen_US
dc.subject.authorcocaineen_US
dc.subject.authortraffickingen_US
dc.subject.authorcultivationen_US
dc.subject.authorinterdictionen_US
dc.subject.authoreradicationen_US
dc.subject.authorMerida Initiativeen_US
dc.subject.authorBeyond Meridaen_US
dc.subject.authorharm reductionen_US
dc.subject.authordecriminalizationen_US
dc.subject.authordevelopmenten_US
dc.subject.authordependenciaen_US
dc.subject.authordependency theoryen_US
dc.subject.authorglobalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorcorruptionen_US
dc.subject.authordecentralizationen_US
dc.subject.authorLatin Americaen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Western Hemisphere)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Western Hemisphere)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid30191
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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