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The Drug War in Latin America


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Introduction. Chapter 1: Global Capitalism, Transnational Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy. Chapter 2: Capitalist Globalization, Prohibition and the U.S. Drug War. Chapter 3: Plan Colombia And the Merida Initiative-Waging War to Advance Capitalist Globalization. Chapter 4: Social Conflict, Coca Eradication and The Transnational Elite in Bolivia and Peru. Chapter 5: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Drug War. Conclusion. Bibliography

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William Aviles is Professor of Political Science at The University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA. He teaches courses on the Politics of the Developing World; Latin American Politics; The Politics of the Drug War; and Democracy Around the World.


"In this compelling new study, Professor Aviles moves us beyond the established explanations for the drug war in Latin America. He shows how this war came about through the "grand strategy" of an entrenched transnational policy network to integrate the region into the political economy of global capitalism. A powerful indictment of the prohibitionist paradigm, the work will be of great interest to scholars, journalists, and policymakers. If you want to understand what and who are behind the drug war in Latin America, read this book." - William I. Robinson, University of California in Santa Barbara, USA

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